Faculty & Staff Details

Cecilia Gowdy-Wygant Photo

Cecilia Gowdy-Wygant, Ph.D.

Lead Faculty
Westminster Campus
Office Location
History, Anthropology Online & Women's & Gender Studies

Cecilia Gowdy-Wygant currently teaches history and women's studies at Front Range Community College Westminster Campus. She has taught at Front Range Community College for over a decade and has volunteered for and worked with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Organization of American Historians. She remains an active contributor to the field of history through research, presentations and publications.
Teaching Philosophy
“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify!” – Henry David Thoreau
Texas Tech University, American History Ph.D.
Courses Taught
  • US History to Civil War
  • US History Since Civil War
  • US History Since 1945
  • Environmental History
  • Women in US History
  • Women in World History
  • Writing About History
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Women in Social Action
Additional Information

Honors, Awards, Publications


2017 Guest historian on WNPR Colin McEnroe Show http://wnpr.org/post/women-who-served-americas-fields 

2016 Western Social Science Association – Presentation “Barbara Ward and the Lopsided World” and “Margaret Mead and the Rise of Global Environmental Consciousness” and “Long Live Life: The Stockholm Conference and Global Environmental Consciousness”

2015 Veteran’s History Project – Library of Congress – Guest speaker at the Library of Congress for a release of the documentary that I wrote the script for, Women Warriors: A Vision of Valor.

2014 First Division Museum – Guest speaker to discuss homefront support during World War II as part of this Chicago museum’s commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

2010 American Society of Environmental History – Paper presentation: “Barbara Ward: Pioneering Sustainable Development, Breaking Gender Barriers to Women's Environmental Leadership”

Recent Awards

  • 2013 FRCC Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2011 FRCC Outstanding Advisor
  • 2011 Paragon Advisor Award – Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society



Cultivating Victory: The Women’s Land Army and the Victory Garden Movement. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013. Read peer reviews here.


“The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment: A History of Global Environmental Diplomacy” article currently in review for acceptance.

“Advertising”, “Future Farmers of America”, and “Intelligence”, Encyclopedia of American Women’s History, Facts of File, Inc. 2011.

“Department of Justice”, and “Department of Labor”, Encyclopedia of American Environmental History. Facts on File, Inc. 2010.


Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I, by Rose Hayden-Smith. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2014). Agricultural History, Volume 90, Issue 1, Winter 2016.

The Women’s Land Army in First World Britain, by Bonnie White. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Journal of British Studies, Volume 54, Issue 4, October 2015. Access here.

The Martial Imagination: Cultural Aspects of American Warfare, by Jimmy L. Bryan, Jr. (Texas A&M University Press, 2013). East Texas Historical Journal, Volume 53, Issue 1. Access here.

Fallen Forests: Emotion, Embodiment, and Ethics in American Women’s Environmental Writing, 1781-1924 by Karen L. Kilcup (University of Georgia, 2012). Environmental History, Spring 2014. Access here.
Beyond Nature's Housekeepers American Women in Environmental History, by Nancy C. Unger, (Oxford, 2012). Environment and History, Spring 2014.

Seeking Inalienable Rights: Texans and Their Quests for Justice by Debra A. Reid (Texas A&M University, 2009). Journal of Southern History August 2010.

Nature’s New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of American Environmental Movement by Neil M. Maher (Oxford University Press, 2008). Oklahoma Chronicle. Winter 2009.