Jean Hansen teaches the American History Survey courses. She earned her B.A. from The University of Northern Colorado in 1997, majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. Her M.A. in History with an emphasis in The Early National Period was completed in 1999, also at The University of Northern Colorado. Ms. Hansen’s Master’s Thesis William Lewis: His Influences on Early American Law as a Philadelphia Lawyer, Republican Assemblyman, and Federalist Leader received a Graduate Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Thesis. In addition to teaching, Ms. Hansen worked on an Oral History project resulting in a biography of Dorothy Dee Howe Hamilton, a remarkable Colorado woman whose ancestors were state pioneers originally engaged in farming and ranching on the Western Slope. For several years Ms. Hansen spent Fridays working as a volunteer on an Historic Preservation project in Rocky Mountain National Park that resulted in the transformation of the McGraw Ranch, a former guest ranch, into the Continental Divide Learning and Research Center.