Patricia Limerick is the faculty director and chair of the board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is also a professor of environmental studies and history. Limerick served as the Colorado State Historian and appointed to the National Endowment for the Humanities advisory board of The National Council on the Humanities.

She is the author of Desert Passages, The Legacy of Conquest, Something in the Soil, and A Ditch in Time. A frequent public speaker and a columnist for The Denver Post, Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public, to demonstrate the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts.