historic preservation heritage conservation environmental planning cultural resource compliance training

Sarah R. Payne, Ph.D.

Sarah R. Payne brings expertise in the history of the U.S. West and in the study of environmental history. In addition, she has over ten years of editorial experience and has taught a number of college courses, including New Mexico History and North American Environmental History. Her previous experience in scholarly and archival research and as a contract historian and editor supplements her academic training with skills in administrative organization and project conceptualization. Dr. Payne has been published in several scholarly journals and has written a chapter entitled, “Race, Place, Ethnicity and the role of Nation State in the Lives of Northern Plains Women,” in the forthcoming book, Her Stories: Women’s Experiences on the North American Plains (Texas Tech University Press). Dr. Payne has the experience not only to conduct in-depth research, but to analyze complex historical concepts and synthesize them into nuanced historic contexts for projects of all sizes.


Bachelor of Arts, History Nebraska Wesleyan University 1997
Master of Arts, History University of Wyoming 2001
Doctor of Philosophy, History University of New Mexico 2010

Professional Qualifications

Secretary of the Interior’s Standards (36 CFR 61)

  • Historian

return to About the Team