Introducing Cody Ewert, New Associate Editor

Late last month, my wife and I moved to Pierre from New York City so that I could begin work as an Associate Editor at the South Dakota State Historical Society Press. When I tell locals that I moved from New York, they often look worried. It’s an awfully small town, they say, usually before offering a warning about the brutal winters. I try to assuage their concerns by noting that I originally hail from a much smaller place where the winters are probably worse. I grew up just outside of Power, Montana, a tiny community roughly eighty miles east of the continental divide. As one of ten kids in my graduating class at the K-12 public school, I’m no stranger to low population density and open spaces.

Over the years, my love of the landscapes of the West evolved into an interest in its history. I attended the University of Montana, receiving my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history before heading to New York University (NYU) to earn my doctorate. While working on my Ph.D., I published articles in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and Montana: The Magazine of Western History and taught courses at NYU, Montclair State University, and the City College of New York. While I enjoyed my time in the city, those years ultimately stoked my desire to move back west and find a way to invite new audiences to explore the region’s history. Working at the South Dakota Historical Society Press allows me to do just that. All told, I’m thrilled to be here, if only just to see how bad these winters really are.

Cody Ewert