History Department
History Department

Gwendolyn Lockman

M.A., History, UT Austin; B.A., American Studies, Georgetown University


20th Century U.S. West, Labor, Leisure, Urban Development, Race/Ethnicity, Class, Regional Identity, Women's and Gender Studies


Gwendolyn Lockman is a PhD student in U.S. History. She is a historian of United States labor and leisure, with interests in dynamics of work, play, class, community, identity, race, gender, and culture in the 20th century. Her current research focuses on Butte, Montana’s Columbia Gardens Amusement Park from the 1890s to the 1970s. The project focuses on Columbia Gardens as a cultural place and space, but also uses the Gardens as a lens into Butte’s political, economic, labor, ethnic, leisure, and environmental history. Butte’s history is emblematic of major themes in the history of the American West, deeply tied to politics, extractive resources, natural environment, immigration, and identity. Her work is supported by the Friends of the Butte Archives Carrie Johnson Fellowship

At UT, Gwen writes for Not Even Past, is an affiliate of the Center for Sports Communication and Media, a Women’s and Gender Studies portfolio student, and a co-coordinator for the Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality. Gwen previously contributed to the department as a web news assistant, social media manager, and History Graduate Student Council representative.

Gwen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University in 2016 with a degree in American Studies and minors in History and Government. Before returning to graduate school, Gwen worked in the legal department for the Washington Nationals Baseball Club. 

Gwen is originally from Poplar, Montana, and calls Missoula, Montana home.