2017 Pacific Coast Branch Election

The PCB-AHA Nominations Committee submits the following nominations for the 2017 election. Balloting will begin April 17 and close on May 17, 2017, at 11:59 pm Eastern time. All PCB members received an e-mail with the ballot link; if you need any assistance, contact ltownsend@historians.org.

President-elect (select one)

Andrew L. Johns

Andrew L. Johns is associate professor of history at Brigham Young University and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. He received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2000, where he studied with Fredrik Logevall. He subsequently worked in the Office of the Historian at the US Department of State from 2001–02 and taught at California State University, Northridge; Antelope Valley College; and Gonzaga University before joining the faculty at BYU in 2004. His research focuses on US foreign relations during the Cold War, with a particular interest in the presidency and the relationship between domestic politics and foreign policy. He is the author of Vietnam’s Second Front: Domestic Politics, the Republican Party, and the War (2010) and the editor of The Eisenhower Administration, the Third World, and the Globalization of the Cold War (2006, with Kathryn C. Statler); Diplomatic Games: Sport, Statecraft, and International Relations since 1945 (2014, with Heather L. Dichter); and A Companion to Ronald Reagan (2015). In addition, he has served as editor of Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review since 2011; is general editor (with George C. Herring and Kathryn C. Statler) of the Studies in Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace book series, published by the University Press of Kentucky; and is a member of the program committee for the 2017 PCB-AHA conference. His current research projects include a foreign relations biography of John Sherman Cooper, the former US senator from Kentucky who also served as US ambassador to both India and Nepal and the German Democratic Republic; a book examining Vice President Hubert Humphrey’s struggles with the Vietnam conflict from 1964 to 1968; an edited volume focusing on the nexus of domestic politics and foreign relations; and a global history of 1972.

Council (select three)

William Bauer

William Bauer is an enrolled citizen of the Round Valley Indian Tribes and professor of American Indian history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the author of California through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History (University of Washington Press, 2016); “We Were All Like Migrant Workers Here”: Work, Community and Memory on California’s Round Valley Reservation, 1850–1941 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009); as well as articles in the Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of the West, and Labor History. His research examines the history of indigenous people, work, and sovereignty in the American West. Bauer has served on the councils of the Western History Association and the American Society of Ethnohistory. Additionally, he has been a member of the American Historical Association’s Committee on Minority Historians (2017 to the present) and the Organization of American Historians’ Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American (ALANA) Historians and ALANA Histories.

Kent Blansett

Kent Blansett is a Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee, and Potawatomi descendant through the family lines of Panther, Blanket, and Smith. He is assistant professor of history and Native American studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is the past recipient of numerous fellowships, including an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, Newberry Library Fellowship, and a former Katrin H. Lamon Fellow with the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. He has published numerous articles on his research including more recently “When the Stars Fell from the Sky: The Cherokee Nation in the Civil War,” which appeared in the 2015 edited volume Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West. His publications have also appeared in numerous academic journals, anthologies, as well as Indian Country Today. His first book on Akwesasne Mohawk activist Richard Oakes, A Journey to Freedom: The Life of Richard Oakes, 1942–1972, is under contract with Yale University Press. During the Alcatraz Island takeover of 1969, Richard Oakes and others became instrumental in forging the ideological, philosophical, and political foundations for the Red Power movement—a movement that originated in the American West and championed a new era of self-determination in Indian policy. Blansett’s teaching and research interests include American Indian, American West, global indigenous, and modern American history. He is an active member in several national organizations: Native American Indigenous Studies Association, Western History Association, Organization of American Historians, and the American Historical Association. A founding editor of BlogWest, this spring he will launch the American Indian Digital History Cooperative; the first digital history cooperative in the United States. This digital cooperative will provide free, open source, word searchable access to rare and critical primary sources in modern American Indian history.

Sara Dant

Sara Dant, professor of history and chair-elect, Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, received her PhD from Washington State University in 2000. Major publications: Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West (Wiley, 2017); Encyclopedia of American National Parks co-author (with Hal Rothman) (2004); “The ‘Lion of the Lord’ and the Land: Brigham Young’s Environmental Ethic” (forthcoming 2018); “Going with the Flow: Navigating to Stream Access Consensus” (2014); and “LBJ, Wilderness, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund” (2014). In 2015, an expert historical witness over four days of testimony and cross-examination for a trial to determine the proper jurisdiction over and use of the Weber River in northern Utah; her extensive 60+-page report became the foundation for the judge’s favorable verdict in Utah’s 3rd District Court. Fellowships and Awards: 2017 Sustainability Research Award for Faculty at Weber State University; 2015 Sustainability Research Award for Faculty at Weber State University; Forest History Society’s 2009 Theodore C. Blegen Award for “Making Wilderness Work: Frank Church and the American Wilderness Movement,” Pacific Historical Review (2008); 2007–08 Joy Hilliard Fellowship in Environmental History, Denver Public Library; Forest History Society’s 2002 Theodore C. Blegen Award for “Evolution of an Environmentalist: Senator Frank Church and the Hells Canyon Controversy,” MONTANA The Magazine of Western History (2001); and Charles M. Gates Memorial Award for “Peak Park Politics: The Struggle Over the Sawtooths, from Borah to Church,” Pacific Northwest Quarterly (2000). Current research: Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, Weber River, environmental politics in the United States with a particular emphasis on the creation and development of consensus and bi-partisanism. Her professional service includes chairing article prize committees for both the Western History Association and the American Society for Environmental History.

Chouki El Hamel

Chouki El Hamel (professor, Arizona State University) received his doctorate from the University of Sorbonne (Paris, France). His training in France at the Centre de Recherches Africaines was in pre-colonial African history and Islamic studies. His research interests focus on the spread and the growth of Islamic culture and the evolution of Islamic institutions in Africa. What interests him most as a scholar is the culture of silence. He is particularly interested in investigating the subaltern relationship of servile and marginalized communities to ruling institutions, power, race and class and gender politics within Islamic culture dominant or otherwise. He taught courses in African history and Islamic societies at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and at Duke University in Durham, NC. In 2002, he was a scholar in residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. He is currently professor of history at Arizona State University in Tempe. He published two major books and many scholarly articles in academic journals and popular magazines. His most recent book is Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He is now working on a book project on women and freedom within Islam. Over the past decade, he has actively participated in a wide variety of positions ranging from the unit at SHPRS (History Department) to the college and to the university level. His significant university service began when he was elected senator in 2010. In addition to his election as Tempe president-elect in 2011, he had held various positions, chairing and serving as a member of many committees, such as chairing General Studies Council, Library Liaison Committee and History Personnel Committee. On the national level, he has served as a board director of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) and co-chaired the conference program “Transformative Visions: Confronting Change and Creating Opportunity in Africa and the African Diaspora” held in the Dominican Republic, October 30–November 2, 2013. Internationally, he has received a visiting professor grant at Nice University, France (Spring 2016). This year (2016–17), he is awarded a Fulbright grant to study the multiple discourses on citizenship, freedom, and gender equality in Morocco. The first outcome of this research is evidenced in an essay he has published: “Patriarchy and Women’s Resistance in Morocco on the Eve of Colonialism” in Gender and Citizenship in Historical and Transnational Perspectives: Agency, Space and Borders, edited by Anne Epstein and Rachel G. Fuchs (Palgrave, 2016).

Andrea Geiger

Andrea Geiger, associate professor of history, Simon Fraser University. PhD, University of Washington, 2006; JD, University of Washington, 1991. Major publications: Subverting Exclusion: Transpacific Encounters with Race, Caste and Borders, 1885–1928 (Yale, 2011), awarded the 2011 Theodore Saloutos Book Award (Immigration and Ethnic History Society) and 2013 Association of Asian American Studies History Book Award; guest editor, BC Studies, special issue, “Reframing Nikkei History” (2016/17); “‘Crossed by the Border’: The International Boundary and Canada’s Termination of the Arrow Lakes Band, 1890–1956,” Western Legal History (2010); “Caught in the Gap: the Transit Privilege and North America’s Ambiguous Borders,” in Bridging National Borders in North America: Transnational and Comparative Histories (2010). Current research: contact relations between Japanese migrants and indigenous people in western Canada and the US Pacific Northwest. Fields: trans-Pacific and borderlands history; Japanese migration history; aboriginal law and history.

Marsha Weisiger

Marsha Weisiger is the Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair of US Western History and associate professor of history and environmental studies at the University of Oregon. Her books include Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country, which won the Norris and Carol Hundley Award from the PCB and the Hal Rothman Book Award from the Western History Association, and Land of Plenty: Oklahomans in the Cotton Fields of Arizona, 1933–1942. Her most recent book, Buildings of Wisconsin, co-authored with William Philpott for the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Society of Architectural Historians, grew out a long career as a historic preservation consultant and administrator in Arizona and Oklahoma. She is currently working on two related books, The River Runs Wild, which explores western rivers to plumb what we mean by “wild,” and Danger River, which examines how men and women have narrated their adventures down the Green and Colorado rivers. She has also begun research for a third project, Ecotopia Rising, a collection of essays on the significance of the counterculture to the environmental movement. Her work has received two faculty research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Burkhardt Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and a King Fellowship from the Clements Center for Southwest Studies. She is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians; co-director, with Stephanie LeMenager, of UO’s Center for Environmental Futures (our environmental humanities center); and a co-founder and co-coordinator, with Linda Nash, of the Cascadia Environmental History Collaborative.

Natale A. Zappia

Natale “Nat” Zappia is associate professor and the Nadine Austin Wood Chair in American History at Whittier College specializing in the indigenous and environmental history of the early America. His recent major publications include Traders and Raiders: The Indigenous World of the Colorado Basin (UNC Press, 2014); and “Revolutions in the Grass: Politics and Food Systems in Continental North America, 1763–1848,” Environmental History (January 2016); his current book project: Food Frontiers: Borderland Ecologies in Early America. He is the 2016–17 visiting research scholar at UCLA’s Institute for American Cultures. His professional service includes editorial board member, California History; nominating committee member, Avery O. Craven Book Prize (OAH); anonymous manuscript referee (Journal of American History, University of Nebraska Press, Pacific Historical Review, and Oxford University Press); anonymous review panelist, NEH Summer Stipends; anonymous review panelist, NSF); book reviewer (AHR, PHR, HAHR, HLQ, UHQ, JSH). Previous community outreach/public service: executive director of the Garden School Foundation, an environmental nonprofit in Los Angeles focused on ecological literacy. He currently participates in several public history and community-based outreach projects in LA, including Project 51, a yearlong public humanities initiative connecting communities throughout Los Angeles to the region’s 51-mile concrete river.

Nominations Committee (select three)

Anna Booker

Anna Booker (lecturer, Whatcom Community College) received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MA from the University of Montana. She has been a practicing historian in both the public and private sector for 25 years, including close to 20 years of teaching community college students in Oakland, California, and Bellingham, Washington. Her research interests focus on western environmental History and community, place-based education, including a current digital history project on the transformation of Bellingham Bay over the last 150 years. Before moving to Bellingham, she worked as a consultant on historical land use operations for PHR Environmental in San Francisco. She has received grants for her teaching and research from the NEH, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the BNSF Foundation.

Brian Casserly

Brian Casserly is associate professor of history at Bellevue College in the Seattle area. He teaches a range of classes including the US and modern world history surveys, as well as classes on the history of the Pacific Northwest, the US military, and US immigration. He serves in a variety of governance positions at Bellevue College, including the executive council of the faculty union and the new course approval committee. Casserly received his PhD from the University of Washington in 2007 and his research interests are broadly focused on the intersections between political, military, and environmental history in the 20th-century US West. He has previously served on the nominations committee for the Organization of American Historians.

Ryan Dearinger

Ryan Dearinger (MA, Purdue University; PhD, University of Utah) is associate professor of history at Eastern Oregon University, where he also serves as vice president of the Faculty Senate, faculty athletic representative, and faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. His research and teaching interests include the American West and the Pacific Northwest, immigration, labor and working-class history, gender studies, environmental history, and violence in American history. Recent publications include a chapter in Immigrants in the Far West: Historical Identities and Experiences (University of Utah Press, 2014) and a book, The Filth of Progress: Immigrants, Americans, and the Building of Canals and Railroads in the West (University of California Press, 2016). Dearinger is a contributor to Stanford University’s Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project and a manuscript reviewer for the University of Wisconsin Press, University of California Press, Western Historical Quarterly, Oregon Historical Quarterly, and the Labor Studies Journal. His current research focuses on indigenous, immigrant, and American hop-pickers in the Pacific Northwest.

Alfred P. Flores

Alfred P. Flores is assistant professor of history and ethnic studies at Riverside City College. In addition, Dr. Flores is also an emerging diversity scholar with the University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity. He received his PhD degree in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned his MA and BA degrees in history from the University of California, Riverside. His research and teaching interests include labor, race and ethnicity, immigration, indigeneity, oral history, and US empire within the context of US history, Asian American studies, and Pacific Islander studies. His research has appeared in publications such as American Quarterly, Amerasia Journal, and Choice magazine. Currently, he is working on his book project entitled “Little Island into Might Base”: Race, Indigeneity, and Settler Colonialism in Guam, which explores how the US military transformed the island of Guam into a major military installation following World War II.

Mark Padoongpatt

Mark Padoongpatt, assistant professor of Asian and Asian American studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, received his PhD from the University of Southern California, in 2011. Major publications: Flavors of Empire: Food and the Making of Thai America (forthcoming, September 2017); “A Landmark For Sun Valley: Wat Thai of Los Angeles and Thai American Suburban Culture,” Journal of American Ethnic History (2015); “Too Hot to Handle: Food, Empire, and Race in Thai Los Angeles,” Radical History Review (2011). Fellowships and awards: visiting scholar, Institute of American Cultures, Asian American Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles (2016–17). Current research: history of race and public health inspections of Asian restaurants in the 20th-century United States. Fields: Asian/Pacific Islander American history, post-World War II US history, metropolitan history, immigration history, history of the American West. Professional service: Program Committee co-chair, American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch 2016 Conference (Waikoloa Beach, HI); ad hoc reviewer, University of Oklahoma Press, Journal of Asian American Studies, Amerasia Journal, Southern Cultures Journal, Multiethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Journal.

Veta Schlimgen

Veta Schlimgen, assistant professor, Gonzaga University, received her PhD from the University of Oregon in 2010. Publications: “US Overseas Territories and the Legacy of Empire” (World History Bulletin, 2013); co-author of “Peggy Pascoe: Mentor” (Journal of Women’s History Online, 2011). Grants, fellowships, awards: Magis Award (Gonzaga, 2014); W. Turrentine Jackson Dissertation Award (AHA-PCB, 2011); Summer Research Seminar Participant on “Citizenship” (Institute for Constitutional History, 2009). Professional experience: director, Brea Museum & Heritage Center (Brea, California). Research: US historian who focuses on borders and boundary crossing, empire and decolonization in the 20th century. Fields: US citizenship and the Constitution, US imperialism, Asian Americans, and the Pacific world.

Stacey Smith

Stacey Smith, associate professor of history, Oregon State University; PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008). Major publications: Freedom’s Frontier: California and the Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction (2013); “Remaking Slavery in a Free State: Masters and Slaves in Gold Rush California,” Pacific Historical Review (2011). Fellowships and awards: David Montgomery Book Prize in US Labor History, Organization of American Historians and the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA); NEH Summer Stipend (2013); Louis Knott Koontz Memorial Award, PCB-AHA (2012); Ray Allen Billington Prize, Western History Association (2011). Professional service: Program Committee co-chair, PCB-AHA annual conference (2017); Philip Taft Labor History Book Award Committee, LAWCHA (2016–17); Walter Rundell Award Committee, Western History Association (2015–17). Current research: African American migration to the Pacific Coast of North America in the 19th century. Fields: US West, Civil War and Reconstruction, labor History.

Adam Sowards

Adam M. Sowards is professor of history at the University of Idaho where he serves as the director of the Program in Pacific Northwest Studies. Primarily an environmental historian, he also researches and teaches in western history and history of science. Sowards has published several books, including The Environmental Justice: William O. Douglas and American Conservation (2009) and, most recently, the edited volume Idaho’s Place: A New History of the Gem State (2014). Recent articles and book chapters have appeared in Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, Water History, and Idaho Wilderness Considered. Active in the historical profession, he has served on multiple committees with the Western History Association and the American Society for Environmental History and is an associate editor for MIT Press’s History for a Sustainable Future book series. Sowards is committed to public engagement; he speaks often to public audiences in the region and writes for such venues as The Conversation and High Country News, as well as serving on the USDA’s Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council.

Tamara Venit-Shelton

Tamara Venit-Shelton, associate professor of history, Claremont McKenna College; PhD, Stanford University, 2008. Major publications: A Squatter’s Republic: Land and the Politics of Monopoly in California, 1850–1900 (2013); Gale Researcher: US History Series III: Post-Reconstruction through World War I, edited (2016). Fellowships and awards: ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship (2017–18); College of Physicians of Philadelphia (2015); Oregon Historical Society (2012); Huntington Library (2007, 2013). Current research: social and environmental history of Chinese medicine in the United States. Fields: US western history, history of capitalism, Asian American history, environmental history, and history of medicine.