Published: Oct. 5, 2022

The College of Arts and Sciences has named an interim director to carry the Center of the American West into the future.

CU Boulder history Professor Tom Zeiler will serve as interim faculty director of the Center of the American West, effective immediately.


Professor Tom Zeiler

Zeiler was chair of the CU Boulder History Department from 2000-2004, and he has directed CU Boulder’s International Affairs Program since 2013. Zeiler has received Fulbright fellowships for teaching and research, as well as the Teacher Recognition Award given by the Student Organization for Alumni Relations.

He served as editor-in-chief of American Foreign Relations Since 1600: A Guide to the Literature, and he has served as President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the Society’s Council, Bernath Dissertation Award, Program, Teaching, and Membership Committees. He was also a member of the State Department Historical Advisory Committee on Diplomatic Documentation. 

The Center of the American West serves as a national resource illuminating the history, culture, politics and tradition of the American West through its focus on applied history. The Center of the American West will continue to play a vital role at CU Boulder, and we look forward to its continued contributions to national thought and discourse regarding the American West and our shared history.  

“Professor Zeiler is a proven dynamic and vibrant voice in the academic community, with a unique perspective on the history of the American West,” said Glen Krutz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“We look forward to his leadership in rebuilding relationships with staff and center supporters, strengthening ties to our other academic departments at CU Boulder, and setting the stage for the center to reach its next great level of success.”

Professor Zeiler will continue to teach his scheduled courses in addition to his new duties with the center.