Sarah Eppler Janda is a Professor of History at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma where she has been teaching since 2001. She received a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy in 1996, a master’s degree in history in 1999 and a Ph.D. in history in 2002 from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied with Albert Hurtado. Her first book, Beloved Women: The Political Lives of LaDonna Harris and Wilma Mankiller was published in 2007 by Northern Illinois University Press, and her second book, Pride of the Wichitas: A History of Cameron University was published by the Oklahoma Heritage Association in 2010.
The University of Oklahoma Press published her latest book, Prairie Power: Student Activism, Counterculture, and Backlash in Oklahoma, 1962–1972. Though most scholarship about 1960s-era student activism and the counterculture focuses on the East and West Coasts, Oklahoma’s college campuses did see significant activism and “dropping out.” In Prairie Power, Sarah Eppler Janda fills a gap in the historical record by connecting the activism of Oklahoma students and the experience of hippies to a state and a national history from which they have been absent.