Monica Rico is the author of Nature’s Noblemen: Transatlantic Masculinities and the Nineteenth-century American West, published by Yale University Press in 2013. This work examines how the 19th century American West was mythologized as the place for men to assert their masculinity and explores how this mythology played out in a transaltantic context. Author and reviewer Virginia Scharff calls the book a "richly nuanced exploration of masculinity in motion" and notes that "No one is a better guide to this complicated cultural terrain than Monica Rico."
Rico is associate professor of history at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she also teaches in the Environmental Studies program and has taken leadership roles in community-based learning and campus sustainability programs.
She has served on the board of the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton since 2009. Her research interests include gender and the environment in early and nineteenth century America, the histories of leisure and travel, and the American West.