department of history


Brian Frehner

Associate Professor
American West, Science and Technology

213 Cockefair Hall
Phone: 816-235-6117

Curriculum Vitae


2004 Ph.D. University of Oklahoma

1996 M.A. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

1988 B.A. Universiry of California, Los Angeles

Courses Taught

> HIST 357 The American West

> HIST 365A American Environmental History


Finding Oil: The Nature of Petroleum Geology, 1859-1920 (University of Nebraska Press, 2011)
* Winner of the Western History Association’s Hal K. Rothman award for best book on environmental history.

Frehner and Sherry Smith, eds., Indians and Energy: Exploitation and Opportunity in the American Southwest, (School for Advanced Research, 2010)

Awards and Honors

2015 Oklahoma Humanities Council Grant
2013 American Institute of Physics, Research Grant
2013 Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Smithsonian Institution, Research Fellowship