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Hi there! I’m Megan Kate Nelson, a writer, historian, road cyclist, and cocktail enthusiast.

I am the author of The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West (Scribner, 2020), which was a Finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in History.

My new book, Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America was published by Scribner on March 1, 2022, the 150th anniversary of the Yellowstone Act, which created the first national park in the world.

I am an expert in the history of the American Civil War, the U.S. West, and popular culture, and have written articles about these topics for The New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, The AtlanticSmithsonian MagazinePreservation Magazine, and Civil War Times.

My column on Civil War popular culture, “Stereoscope,” appears regularly in the Civil War Monitor. This past year, I was also elected as a fellow of the Society of American Historians. I am also a regular guest on the Dave Nemo Weekend Show on the Sirius XM channel Road Dog Trucking (channel 146), talking with host Jimmy Mac about “the Western of the Month.”

Before leaving academia to write full-time in 2014, I taught U.S. history and American Studies at Texas Tech University, Cal State Fullerton, Harvard, and Brown. I earned my BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and my PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa.

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Contact: mkn at megankatenelson.com

To schedule events or secure a review copy, please contact my publicist: Abby Novak, at abigail.novak at simonandschuster.com

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The most wonderful time of the year.

#wildblueberries
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And ... 50 oysters.

#boom #50onmy50th
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50th birthday eve cake!

#beattyschocolatecake #inagarten
#yerm
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Not a bad place for eternal rest. ...

The #rockinghorses of Lincoln say heyyyyyyyyyyyyy ...

I had a great time talking to Ryan Warner at #Colorado Public Radio about "Saving Yellowstone"! We chatted about the Hayden survey and its discoveries, the role of the West in Reconstruction, and the effects of #climatechange on #nationalparks. And there is a cameo by my high school English teacher!

Link in my bio. The segment starts at around the 25 minute mark.
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Wheeeeee!!! Filming today for a new doc series. ...

Friday night Mezcal Paloma.

#cocktailsofinstagram
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