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Shay Olmstead

PhD Student
Fields: Native American History; Women, Gender, and Sexuality; United States Frontier History 
Faculty: Alice Nash 
Education: B.S., American Indian Studies, Black Hills State University (SD); M.Ed., Curriculum and Teaching, Fitchburg State University (MA) 
Academic interests: I am interested in studying colonial reactions to/perceptions of Indigenous gender non-conformity. If I could throw a bit of Environmental History in there as well, that would be awesome. 
Personal interests: I love hiking, cooking, reading, and playing with my dog. My favorite thing to do is travel, and I love road trips. My ideal day is one spent outside, in the company of friends, and my ideal night is spent drinking craft beer and listening to some good local tunes. 

Shay Olmstead is a Ph.D. student studying the history of queer and (trans)gender policies in the mid-twentieth Century United States.  They received their Batchelor's degree in American Indian Studies from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota and went on to receive both a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching from Fitchburg State University and a M.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  In their spare time, Shay can be found training and showing at local dog trials, speaking for the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center Speakers Bureau, or just hiking, baking, and otherwise enjoying life in the Pioneer Valley.  They use the pronouns they/them/theirs.

solmstead@umass.edu