Elliott West, Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas, is a specialist in the social and environmental history of the American West. He has twice been chosen as his university’s teacher of the year and, in 2009, he was one of three finalists for the Robert Foster Cherry Prize for the outstanding classroom teacher in the nation. He has written several books, including The Way to the West: Essays on the Central Plains (1995); The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers and the Rush to Colorado (1998), winner of the Francis Parkman Prize and the OAH Ray Allen Billington Prize; and, most recently, The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story (2009).
- A War of Dreams: Indians, Whites and the Struggle for the Great Plains
- Bison R Us: The Buffalo as American Icon
- Growing Up Western: Childhood on the Frontier
- Selling the Dream: The West in Advertising
- The Great Plains: America's Meeting Ground
- The West Before Lewis and Clark: Three Lives