Press Staff


Nancy Tystad Koupal
Director, Editor-in-Chief│(605) 773-4371

The driving force behind the creation of the Press in 1997, Koupal overseas the operations of this important institution for the South Dakota State Historical Society. She is the chief editor for publications and leads the processing of potential manuscripts, while maintaining important connections for the Press.

"The South Dakota State Historical Society Press is something I have worked toward for over thirty years — you could say that we have grown up together. The history of South Dakota and the West is endlessly fascinating, and I enjoy preserving and interpreting that history and helping authors and scholars spread the word about our heritage."—Nancy Tystad Koupal


Jeanne Ode
Managing Editor of South Dakota History and Associate Editor│(605) 773-6008

Ode oversees the publication of the South Dakota State Historical Society’s quarterly journal, South Dakota History. As editor of the journal, she reads manuscripts, edits articles, coordinates book reviews, and supervises production of the journal by proofing final layout and copy. In her role as an Associate Editor, Jeanne aides the team in manuscript review and editing.

Favorite Press Book:
“Dear Unforgettable Brother”: The Stavig Letters from Norway & America, 1881‒1937
Compiled and annotated by Jane Torness Rasmussen and John S. Rasmussen
With essays by Edvard Hoem and Betty A. Bergland


Jennifer McIntyre
Marketing and Rights Director and Associate Editor│(605) 773-8161

As Marketing Director, McIntyre is the Press's publicity contact for author interviews, book signings, conferences, or marketing campaigns. She also develops and implements all promotional and marketing activities for the Press, including all online presences. McIntyre is also the point of contact for inquiries on rights and permissions for Press publications. She works on illustrations and works to acquire, review, and edit manuscripts as a part of her position as an associate editor.

Favorite Press Book:
Transformation and Continuity in Lakota Culture: The Collages of Arthur Amiotte, 1988‒2014
With essays by Arthur Amiotte, Louis S. Warren, and Janet Catherine Berlo



Mike Burns
Associate Editor | (605) 773-8380

Burns primarily works with South Dakota History, the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society. In addition to reviewing and editing manuscripts, he organizes source materials, assembles illustrations, and coordinates book reviews.

Favorite Press Book:
Sitting Bull, Prisoner of War
by Dennis C. Pope



Cody Ewert
Associate Editor | (605) 773-2904

As one of the lead researchers for the Pioneer Girl Project, Ewert collects and verifies source material and works with illustrations. He also reviews manuscripts and performs editing and proofreading duties for Press books and South Dakota History.

Favorite Press Book:
A New Deal for South Dakota
by R. Alton Lee


Judy Uecker
Accounting Assistant and Order Fulfillment│(605) 773-6009

In her job as accounting assistant, Uecker provides bookkeeping and accounting assistance for the State Historical Society's Research and Publishing program. Judy works with Press customers to fill orders and process returns. She also manages the on-site Press warehouse and inventory. Retailers and distributors, email to submit your purchase order.

Favorite Press Book:
The Raccoon and the Bee Tree: A Prairie Tale
By Charles A. Eastman and Elaine Goodale Eastman, Illustrated by Susan Turnbull