Mesa Verde Publishing, LLC is run by Dr. Steven L. Danver, and his wife Lauren L. Danver.
Steven Danver has worked in the publishing industry since 2000. He has been managing editor of Journal of the West since 2004 and has worked as an editor and a writer on over eighty historical reference books, including Water Politics and Policy in the United States (with John R. Burch Jr., CQ Press/SAGE, 2011), which was named to the 2012 Outstanding Academic Title list by the American Library Association’s Choice magazine. Dr. Danver currently serves as Executive Director of the Center for General Education at Walden University. A lifelong resident of the American West, he was born and raised in Southern California and has, at various times, lived in Central California, Northern California, Utah, and Colorado. He currently resides in southern Washington State.
After completing a bachelor’s degree in religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in historical studies from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, he earned his doctorate in American history from the University of Utah, concentrating on the history of American Indian peoples and the American West. His dissertation, Liquid Assets: A History of Tribal Water Rights Strategies in the American Southwest, to be published by the University of Oklahoma Press, examines the long history of one of the most important issues of modern relevance to American Indians in the West.
Professionally, he has specialized in the history and politics of the American West, as well as in American Indian and American environmental history and policy. His research has largely centered on natural resource policy as it has applied to American Indian nations. He has taught at nearly every type of institution of higher education, including large research universities, small liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and online universities.
Lauren Danver has worked as full-time online marketer and publisher since 2004. With extensive experience in copywriting and marketing, she has worked with high-profile entrepreneurs and many small businesses interested in establishing or revamping their online presence.
Professionally, Lauren Danver has played an instrumental role in helping grow two different start-up companies in the Santa Barbara, CA area over the span of her corporate career. Her eleven and a half years with a software development firm, holding various positions of responsibility, cemented her vast and broad business background. Seven years with a start-up insurance agency brought additional skills in the areas of sales and marketing to add to her broad business knowledge base.
Lauren started Mesa Verde Ventures as a sole proprietorship in 2004. Many years later, that endeavor is now Mesa Verde Publishing. Her skills sets range from technical, to administrative, to sales and marketing. She forms the backbone of the company’s daily operations, as well as running the online publishing platform of MVP, specializing in content development and publishing in areas of entrepreneurship, business and health and wellness themes.