Remembering the 60s Lecture Series

Dr. Keith Edgerton Bio


Keith Edgerton currently teaches modern American history (including a course occasionally on the history of the 1960s), environmental history, Montana history, and the history of Vietnam at Montana State University-Billings where he is a professor of history and the chair of the history department. 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 history topics over the years. He has published two books, one of the history of the Montana Highway Patrol and his most recent one entitled Montana Justice: Power, Punishment, and the Penitentiary published by the University of Washington Press in 2005.


Currently he is at work on an on again off again 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. In 2014 he had the good fortune to travel to Vietnam with a group of 12 other folks from Billings and Wyoming (including several Vietnam era vets and several students).


Keith lives in Billings with his “amore” and significant other, Professor Lenette Kosovich. They love to cook, travel, and in the summer canoe through the scenic White Cliffs region of the upper Missouri.



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