College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Dr Keith Edgerton

Keith Edgerton 

Chair of the Department of History



B.A., M.A., University of Montana

PhD, Washington State University



Keith Edgerton currently teaches early American history, environmental history, and Montana history, at Montana State University-Billings where he has been a professor of history there for the last 24 years and where he is currently the chair of the history department there.  He holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Washington State University.  He has published and has spoken on a variety of western history topics including the history of the Montana prison, the Montana Insane Asylum, and his true passion, Lewis and Clark.  He has published two books, one on the history of the Montana Highway Patrol and one based on his doctoral research entitled Montana Justice:  Power, Punishment, and the Penitentiary published by the University of Washington Press in 2005. Keith lives in Billings with his “amore” and significant other, Professor Lenette Kosovich.  They love to cook, travel,

make killer home brew, and in the summer canoe through the scenic White Cliffs region

of the upper Missouri.  Between them they have five boys in various states of adulthood.


Current Research

Currently he is at work on a biography of William A. Clark (not to be confused with the William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame).  This particular William A. Clark was one of Montana’s late 19th century copper barons and became a U.S. Senator in 1901 in an election tainted by, to put it mildly, scandal and corruption.  When he died in New York in 1925 he was one of the wealthiest individuals in the world.


Find his full cv here.