Great Plains People

Max McCoy

Max McCoy, the Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies, is an award-winning journalist and author. He has won awards for his reporting on unsolved murders, serial killers, and hate groups. He is Professor of Journalism at Emporia State University where he specializes in investigative reporting and nonfiction narrative. His most recent book is Elevations: A Personal Exploration of the Arkansas River, from the University Press of Kansas.

Susan Brinkman

Susan Brinkman is the Assistant Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies. Prior to joining the Center in 2007, Susan held various roles on campus including Director of Admissions and adjunct instructor in the Department of Art. Susan is the Managing Editor for Great Plains Traverse, the semi-annual publication of the Center. She is the producer for the podcasts, Average Jane: Talking to Women Who Work in Kansas and Plains Spoken: Talking to People Who Choose to Live in the Great Plains.

James F. (Jim) Hoy

James F. (Jim) Hoy is Professor of English at Emporia State University. Reared on a stock ranch near Cassoday, he has lived in the Flint Hills area all his life, except for graduate school in Missouri and a teaching stint in Idaho.

Melissa Emo is our Graduate Student. She is in her first year in the School of Library and Information Management. Melissa recently completed her Bachelor of Science in History at Emporia State University. Melissa works with our Social Media accounts, transcription projects, and collection cataloging and development.

Katie Donnelly