The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great BasinNorman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2015.

Chapter Essays:

“Taking a Public Turn: Public History as Public Service in the American West,” in Western Lands, Western Voices: Essays on Public History in the American West. Gregory E. Smoak, editor. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2021.
“The Angry West: Understanding the Sagebrush Rebellion in Rural Nevada,” in Bridging the Distance: Common Issues in the Rural West. David Danbom, editor. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2015. 269-315.
“Incident at Galisteo: The 1955 Teapot Series and the Mental Landscape of Contamination,” in Proving Grounds: Militarized Landscapes, Weapons Testing, and the Environmental Impact of U.S. Bases. Edwin Martini, editor. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015. 75-110.
Coauthored work with Bettina Fabos. “Digital Literacy, Public History, and Fortepan Iowa,” in Media Education for a Digital Generation. Julie Frechette and Rob Williams, editors. New York: Routledge, 2015. 244-260.
“Every Mine, Every Cow Camp, Every Ranch Near the Nevada Test Site: Oral History as Field Work,” in Oral History, Community, and Work in the American West. Jessie Embry, editor. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2013. 284-304.

Journal Articles:

The Other Side of the Coin: Rothman and the Periphery,Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, Fall/Winter 2020: 172-175.
‘Understanding Cliven Bundy’: Using Narrative, Geographic, and Visual Empathy in Public Lands History,” Utah Historical Quarterly, Spring 2020: 96-107.
Gallery: Leisl Carr Childers on the Gus Bundy Photographs and the Wild Horse Controversy,” Environmental History, July 2013: 604-620.
National Parks as a Vehicle for Understanding Complexity,” Journal of the West, Summer 2012: 62-83.
Field Notes: Black-Light Shows and the National Finals Rodeo: Curating Gene Autry’s Cowboy Spectacle,” Western Historical Quarterly, August 2010: 353-361.
The National Finals Rodeo: Evolution of an Urban Entertainment Phenomenon,” Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, Winter 2008: 267-291.
Rationalizing the Cold War Home Front,” Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Technology and Society Magazine, Fall 2008: 13-18.

Select Talks:

5th Annual Colorado Public Lands Day Roundtable!,” Colorado State Senator Kerry Donovan, May 11, 2021
“Case Studies in Collaboration: History, Community, and Wild Horse Management,” Join Up! Exploring the History and Contemporary Legacy of Wild Horses in Colorado and the American West, History Colorado, April 29, 2021
Histories of Western Lands and the Ongoing Question of Rights,” Utah Annual History Conference, Utah Division of State History, September 17, 2020
Forum on Public Lands in the American West,” Utah Division of State History and National Park Service Webinar June 15, 2020
“The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin,” Wallace Stegner Center Lecture, Wallace Stegner Center for Land Resources and the Environment, February 23, 2017
Historical Perspectives on the Public Lands Debate in the American West,” Rural Utah/Western Issues, Utah Division of State History, September 30, 2016
“Making Sense of Mustang, Mushroom Clouds, and the Meaning of Public Lands,” Charles Redd Center Lecture, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, September 29, 2016


Daniel Rothberg and Jackie Valley, “Extremism, with Roots in the West, Casts Unease Over Inauguration Day Activities,” Nevada Independent, January 20, 2021.
Michael DiGregorio, “Gus Bundy: Mustangs, Myths, and Misfits,” B&W Magazine, Winter 2021.
James Skillen and Leisl Carr Childers, “Opinion: Why the United States Needs to Change How it Manages Public Land,” Thomas Reuters Foundation News, October 27, 2020.
Brad Westwood, “Leisl Carr Childers: Understanding Cliven Bundy and Utah Public Lands,” Speak Your Piece, Season 2 Episode 2, Parts I and II (September 2020).
Jim Dalrymple II, “Trump’s Latest Pardons Could Fan Anti-Government Anger In The Rural West,” BuzzFeed News, July 10, 2018.
Leah Sottile, “Bundyville: Season 1,” Longreads and Oregon Public Radio, May 2018.
Joe Schoenmann, “UNR Professor Argues Wild Horses Hurting Nevada’s Ecosystem,” KNPR State of Nevada, February 13, 2018.
“Disturbing Conclusions,” in “What Happens Now That the Bundy Trial is Over?,”, January 10, 2018.
Rachel Layman, “The Great American Road Trip, Part I,” Episode 7, out•LAND•ish: Voices from Your Public Lands Podcast, September 28, 2017.
“The Federal Government Can’t Manage Them Alone,” in “Up For Debate: Should Federal Lands Be transferred to Western States,” PERC Reports (Summer 2017): 8.
Abby Ellis, “American Patriot,” PBS Frontline, May 16, 2017.
Joe Schoenmann, “Will the Wild Horses be Dragged Away?,” KNPR State of Nevada, April 13, 2017.
Tay Wiles, “How Ryan Bundy Sees the West,” High Country News, February 20, 2017.
Tay Wiles, “What to Read to Prepare for the Bundy Trial,” High Country News, February 6, 2017.
Leah Sottile, “A Year Ago, Armed Occupiers Seized a Wildlife Refuge in Harney County. This Oregonian Was Ready to Join,” Portland Monthly, January 23, 2017.
Tay Wiles, “Federal-Lands Ranching: A Half-Century of Decline,” High Country News, June 13, 2016.
Essential Reading on the Incidents at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge,”, January 10, 2016.
Cliven Bundy Revisited,”, January 4, 2016.
Understanding Cliven Bundy,”, April 21, 2014.

For a more complete listing of Dr. Carr Childers’s publications and other activities, please feel free to email her at and request a recent copy of her curriculum vitae.