WRITER, HISTORIAN & ACADEMIC
Patty Limerick is the faculty director and chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a professor of history. In addition, she is the Colorado State Historian and was recently nominated by President Barack Obama for a seat on the National Council on the Humanities, which was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In 1985 she published Desert Passages, followed in 1987 by her best-known work, The Legacy of Conquest, a reinterpretation of Western American history that stirred up a great deal of academic and public debate. In 2012 she published A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water, a history of water in Denver. Limerick has also received a number of awards and honors recognizing her scholarship and commitment to teaching, including the MacArthur Fellowship (1995 to 2000) and the Hazel Barnes Prize, the University of Colorado’s highest award for teaching and research (2001).