Chelsea Ball | Department of History

Chelsea Ball

WH 231B
20th Century US History, American Women’s History, History of the American West


I received my Ph.D. in History from the University of Oklahoma in 2021. My research interests include 20th century gender and politics, particularly women in the American West. I have taught courses on a variety of subjects, including US history, women and gender studies, and the American West. My dissertation, "West of Feminism: The Equal Rights Amendment Campaign in the American West" details how the states of Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Utah became battlegrounds for women's equality and the culture wars of the 1970s and 1980s. Through this project, I have had the pleasure of collecting numerous oral histories from activists involved in the ERA debate and helped organize several oral history panels and a photograph exhibit from these stories. Outside of my research, I am a dedicated teacher and public history supporter. Before teaching at the University of Oklahoma and UNT, I received my secondary teaching certificate and worked with students of all ages as an education curator for the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Selected Publications:

"'Until We Organized': Wanda Jo Peltier and the Equal Rights Amendment in Oklahoma, 1972-1982," in This Land Is Herland: Gendered Activism in Oklahoma from the 1870s to the 2010s, edited by Sarah Eppler Janda and Patricia Loughlin (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2021).

"'I Oppose the ERA, but I Do Approve of Equal Rights for Women': Gender and Politics in the Aftermath of the Equal Rights Amendment Campaign in the Western United States," in Essays on the 21st Century West, edited by Brenden Rensink (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming 2022).

"Colonel Rosemary Hogan Luciano: Oklahoma's Own Angel of Bataan," The Oklahoma Nurse 64, no. 4 (Winter 2019): 12-13.

Selected Fellowships and Awards:

Worth Robert Miller Endowed Graduate Scholarship, 2020.

Bea Mantooth-Estep Scholarship in Oklahoma History, University of Oklahoma, 2019 and 2015.

Summer Award for Upper Division and Graduate Students, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 2019.

Friends of the J. Willard Marriott Library Research Fellowship, University of Utah, 2018.

E.E. Dale/A.M. Gibson Memorial Scholarship in Western American History, University of Oklahoma, 2018.

Alice Mary Robertson Award, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Oklahoma, 2015.

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