Jon K. Lauck received his Ph.D. in economic history from the University of Iowa, his law degree from the University of Minnesota, and his BA from South Dakota State University. Lauck is the author of several books, including "American Agriculture and the Problem of Monopoly: The Political Economy of Grain Belt Farming, 1953-1980" (University of Nebraska Press, 2000), "Daschle v. Thune: Anatomy of a High Plains Senate Race" (University of Oklahoma Press, 2007), "Prairie Republic: The Political Culture of Dakota Territory, 1879-1889" (University of Oklahoma Press, 2010), and "The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History" (University of Iowa Press, 2013) and co-author and co-editor of "The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture" (South Dakota State Historical Society Press, 2011) and "The Plains Political Tradition" vol. 2 (South Dakota State Historical Society Press, 2014). Lauck's newest books are From "Warm Center to Ragged Edge: The Erosion of Midwestern Regionalism, 1920-1965" (University of Iowa Press, 2017) and "The Midwestern Moment: The Forgotten World of Midwestern Regionalism, 1880-1940" (Hastings College Press, 2017)(editor). Lauck has worked for several years as a full-time professor, a part-time professor, and a lawyer and is currently serving as an adjunct professor of history and political science at the University of South Dakota, as the Associate Editor and Book Review Editor of Middle West Review, as the series editor of Studies in Midwestern History, and as host of the "Heartland History" podcast. He is the immediate past-president of the Midwestern History Association. A third volume of essays in the "The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture" series is now being prepared.