Welcome! This site belongs to Jeff Wells, an associate professor of history and Dennis and Vaune Johnson Endowed Chair in U.S. History at Dickinson State University. I also currently (2022–2024) serve as president of the Midwestern History Association. I created this site to introduce myself to students and prospective students. I’m currently (2023) updating this site. Please check back this summer for more information about my teaching and research. Please connect with me on Twitter (click on the little bird near the bottom of the photo) or send me an email at jeff dot wells at dickinsonstate dot edu.

The featured image on this page is a July 1, 2013, photo of a barbed wire fence at the Wildwood Ranch, Joplin, Missouri. My grandfather installed the fence during the 1940s.