James E. Sherow
Kansas Historical Foundation
Board of Directors
Elected to board: 2003
James E. Sherow is a fourth-generation Kansan. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1987. He taught as an assistant professor at Southwest Texas State University. He joined Kansas State University in 1992; he became an associate professor in 1993; and full professor in 2007 where he teaches Kansas history, the history of the American West, North American Indian history, and environmental history.
He was elected to the Manhattan City Commission for a two-year term in 2007. He is actively involved in historic preservation, and served as the governor-appointed Kansas historian on the Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review. He has also served on the board Downtown Manhattan, Inc., the Main Street program of Manhattan. He is a member of a partnership, Manhattan Historic Properties, which restored the Damon Runyon Birthplace House in Manhattan.
He is the author of three books including The Grasslands of the United States: An Environmental History. He is married to Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, an associate professor of history at Kansas State University; they have four daughters.
Sherow is a life member of the Kansas Historical Foundation. He was first elected to the board of directors in 2003.