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Dale Mize

Ph.D. Student


Dale started in the doctoral program at UIUC in Fall 2023. Dale's research interests revolve around the intersection of rural and urban spaces, paying particular attention to the agricultural community and its impact in the modern era of the United States. In 2022, during his time at CSU, Dale helped create the Art of Ranching project which focuses on community history. The Art of Ranching (AOR) is a collaborative community history project that works with 4-H youth and historic family and/or Centennial farms and ranches to make visible the agricultural labor and legacy of Colorado communities. At UIUC Dale continues to be a part of the Art of Ranching Team as a project consultant. Futhermore, as a first-generation college student, it is important to Dale that his public history background combines with his academic works to make them accessible to a broader audience. 

Research Interests

Agricultural History

Public History

Modern U.S.

Environmental History

Women, Gender, and Sexuality

History of the American West

Research Description

Dale's project aims to explore the historical trajectory of obesity and fat concerns in the United States throughout the twentieth century and investigates the alterations that occur in human and cattle bodies as a consequence of these concerns. 


M.A. History, Colorado State University

B.A. Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, Michigan State University


April 2024 - American Society for Environmental History/National Science Foundation Travel Grant

Recent Publications

Mize, Dale. “Draining the Swamp: The Destruction of an Essential Landscape” Ohio History Journal Volume 131, Number 1, (Spring 2024): 32-44.