Amy Canfield

Dr. Amy E. Canfield

Professor of History

  • SPH 311
  • Social Sciences Division
Office Hours
Mon 10:30-11:45 am
Wed 10:30-11:45 am


Dr. Canfield teaches courses on U.S. History, focusing on Women's History, American Indian History, and Public History. Her research interests include federal Indian policy in the American West, women's roles in the 20th century, women's suffrage, and American popular culture. She serves on the board of directors for the Idaho Humanities Council and the Historic Sites Review Board (with Idaho's State Historic Preservation Office), and she is the president of the Board of Directors for Lewiston Civic Theatre. SShe is the  organizer of Women's History Month activities on campus and the advisor for the college's Women In Lasting Leadership (WILL) club. She received LC's Women Leadership Award in 2019 and the Idaho Brightest Stars award for volunteering. She is passionate about social justice and women's rights. And Elvis. Always Elvis.



  • Ph.D., U.S./Public History, Washington State University, 2008

Dissertation: "The 'Annoying Question of Water': Trust-Fund Violations and Federal Mismanagement on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, 1891-1928"

  • M.A., U.S. History, Washington State University, 2004
  • B.A., History and Women's Studies, Idaho State University, 2002


Articles (refereed journals)

  • "'These Lands are Worthless Without Water': The Federal Government's Divided Loyalties in Irrigating the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, 1902-1918," Pacific Northwest Quarterly (Summer 2014: Vol. 105:3).
  • “The ‘Civilizing Mission’ Revisited: The Impacts of Assimilation on Shoshone-Bannock Women,” Idaho Yesterdays  (Spring/Summer 2010, Vol. 51:1)
  •  “’The Wheels of Progress Must Not be Closed’: The 1902 Land Rush on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation,” Journal of the West (Fall 2007, Vol. 46:4).
  • “Stephen King’s Dolores Claiborne and Rose Madder: A Literary Backlash Against Domestic Violence,” Journal of American Culture (December 2007, Vol. 30:4).
  •  “Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Park Assessments” (Student Project Award article) National Council on Public History: Public History News (June 2007).

Articles (non-refereed publications)

  • “New at the Museum: Talkington Exhibit,” The Golden Age: The Newsletter of the Nez Perce County Historical Society (Spring/Summer 2012, Vol. 32:1)
  • “A Shrinking Reservation: The Pocatello Land Rush of 1902,” The Mountain Light: The Newsletter of the Idaho State Historical Society (Summer 2006).


  • National Historic Register Nomination for a Traditional Cultural Property, co-authored report for the National Park Service, 2016.
  • Exploring American Histories: Instructor Resource Manual, Volume 1, co-author, Bedford-St. Martin Press, 2013.
  • "Cultural Resource Assessment of Grand Canyon National Park," Flagstaff, Arizona, National Parks Conservation Association, (August 2010).
  • "Cultural Resource Assessment of Vicksburg National Military Park," Vicksburg, Mississippi, National Parks Conservation Association, (November 2007).
  • "Preserving Vicksburg’s Battlefield: Assessing the Threats and Resources of Vicksburg National Military Park," co-authored report with John Watson (Evergreen Consulting Associates) (August 2007)
  • "Cultural Landscape Report: Virginia City and Nevada City, Montana," Virginia City, Montana, (July 2007).
  • "Cultural Resource Assessment of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park," Hilo, Hawai’i, National Parks Conservation Association, (June 2007).
  • "Cultural Resource Assessment of the Lewis and Clark National Historic," Omaha, Nebraska, National Parks Conservation Association, (September 2006).