Anita Watson

Visiting Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Shared History Program
Ph.D. University of Nevada, Reno 1997


Lincoln Hall, 117
(775) 682-6466


Anita Ernst Watson is a long time Nevadan who has always been interested in the people and places of the Silver State. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has worked in public history as a museum educator in Nevada and Minnesota. 

Dr. Watson has published on the topics of Nevada women, with Into Their Own: Nevada Women Emerging Into Public Life (2000), and a chapter in Comstock Women: The Making of a Mining Community, edited by Ronald James and Elizabeth Raymond (1998). Nevada medicine and western medicine is a research interest and she published oral histories of Nevada physicians in Reflection, Recollection and Change (1996). She wrote and edited a Nevada history CD for elementary students, Nevada Riches: The History of the Land and the People of the Silver State. 

Chautauqua research and performance is a long-time interest. Dr. Watson has been performing as a Chautauquan for 15 years. She also enjoys working with young people and is the program coordinator for the Great Basin Young Chautauqua program through Nevada Humanities.


  • History 309: Museum Studies
  • History 310: Museum Training for Historians
  • History 311: Public History