Catherine Denial is the Burkhardt Distinguished Chair in History and Chair of American Studies at Knox College in Illinois. Catherine Denial received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Iowa in 2005. She studies American Indian history with thematic interests in sexuality and gender. Denial’s first book, Making Marriage: Husbands, Wives, and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country, examines marriage in Minnesota before 1850, particularly as a means of understanding gender, sexuality, race and nation building in the region. Here she shares her experience asking “where are the women?” when studying history from youth through graduate school and how this shaped her approach to teaching and writing history. For Denial, the Humanities became a tool for challenging what others said.