2018 Pacific Coast Branch Election

The PCB-AHA Nominations Committee submits the following nominations for the 2018 election. Balloting will begin April 16 and close on May 1, 2018, at 11:59 pm Eastern time. All PCB members received an email with the ballot link; if you need any assistance, contact ltownsend@historians.org.

President-elect (select one)

David A. Johnson, Portland State University

David A. Johnson is professor of history at Portland State University. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, where he studied with Robert Zemsky, Murray Murphey, Drew Gilpin Faust, and Bruce Kuklick. After one-year positions at Penn, San Diego State, and UCLA, he joined the History Department at Portland State in 1979, where he served as director of public history (1979–82) and department chair (1993–96). From 1997 to 2014 he was managing editor of the Pacific Historical Review and an ex-officio member of the PCB-AHA Council. His research interests concern the intellectual and social history of political ideology and authority, and informal power and violence (vigilantism and lynching). The former is the subject of his 1992 book, Founding the Far West. California, Oregon, Nevada, 1840–1890 (Univ. of California Press), which received the 1992 PCB-AHA Book Award. The latter interest spans Johnson’s career, beginning with an essay, “Vigilance and the Law: The Moral Authority of Popular Justice in the Far West,” in a special issue of the American Quarterly (1981), which Johnson edited. Currently, he is completing “The Curious Tale of the Hanging of Juanita, and the Search for the Historical Josefa Juvera Loaiza,” a book-length study of the 1851 lynching of a Mexican woman in Downieville, California. In addition, Johnson is creating a public history website documenting lynchings, beginning with the Pacific Coast. The site will be a resource for research and a forum for academic and public discussion of lynching violence in the United States.

Council (select three)

Jason M. Colby, University of Victoria

Jason M. Colby is associate professor of history at the University of Victoria. His research focuses on the environmental and international history of the Pacific Coast. His first book, The Business of Empire: United Fruit, Race, and US Expansion in Central America, was published by Cornell University Press in 2011. His second book, Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator, will be published by Oxford University Press in June 2018. His current research focuses on the US Navy and its study and training of marine mammals during the Cold War. Jason has been actively involved with the PCB-AHA since 2008, and he co-chaired the program for the 2012 annual meeting in San Diego. As an environmental historian based in the binational Salish Sea, he believes strongly in the need to build ties between US and Canadian scholars and institutions, particularly on the Pacific Coast.

Elizabeth Joffrion, Western Washington University

Elizabeth Joffrion is an associate professor and director of Heritage Resources at Western Washington University, where she leads the Libraries’ Special Collections, University Archives, and the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. She is also an affiliated faculty in Western’s graduate program in archives and records management. Prior to this position, she was a senior program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access, where she coordinated the Preservation Assistance Grants Program. She has held professional positions at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art and National Portrait Gallery, North Carolina State Archives, and Historic New Orleans Collection, and has taught courses on archives and special collections at Catholic University. She is currently a member of the Humanities Washington Board of Trustees, the executive council of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association, and a member of the Society of American Archivists’ Cultural Heritage Working Group. Her recent publications have focused on repatriation and shared stewardship of indigenous cultural heritage.

Jessica Kim, California State University, Northridge

Jessica Kim is assistant professor of history at California State University, Northridge, where she coordinates the public history program and directs the Center for the Study of Southern California. She received her PhD in history from the University of Southern California in 2012 and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West from 2012–13. Her research and teaching interests include the US-Mexico borderlands, the US West, the history of capitalism, and public history. She is currently finishing a book titled Made in Mexico: Los Angeles, Mexico, and Revolution, 1865-1941 (Univ. of North Carolina Press, forthcoming 2019), and her articles and reviews have appeared in Western Historical Quarterly, Reviews in American History, and Pacific Historical Review. She has served as a manuscript referee for the Journal of Latin American Studies, Southern California Quarterly, and California History. Kim also serves on the editorial board for the Pacific Historical Review and chaired the local arrangements committee for the PCB-AHA’s 2017 conference hosted at CSU Northridge.

Mark Padoongpatt, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Mark Padoongpatt is associate professor of Asian and Asian American studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his PhD in American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California in 2011. Trained as a historian, his research and teaching interests include Asian American and Pacific Islander history, US empire, race, immigration, food history, and metropolitan history. His book, Flavors of Empire: Food and the Making of Thai America (Univ. of California Press, 2017), explores how and why the post-WWII US empire and the rise of Los Angeles as a global city made Thai food central to Thai American community and identity. He is currently working on his second book project on the history of public health inspections of Asian restaurants in the United States. His work also appears in the Radical History Review (April 2011), Journal of American Ethnic History (January 2015), Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (edited by Robert Ku, Anita Mannur, and Martin Manalansan, New York Univ. Press, 2013), and in the anthology Food Across Borders (edited by Matt Garcia, Don Mitchell, and Melanie DuPuis, Rutgers Univ. Press, October 2017). Padoongpatt served as co-chair of the 2016 PCB-AHA Program Committee.

Ashley Sanders Garcia, Claremont Graduate University

Ashley Sanders Garcia currently serves as the director of the Claremont Colleges Digital Research Studio, a faculty member in History and Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University, and a visiting professor at Claremont McKenna College. She holds a PhD in history with a specialization in digital humanities from Michigan State University and BS in history and mathematics from Western Michigan University. She has just accepted a position at UCLA to begin later this spring, where she will be vice chair and a core faculty member in the Digital Humanities Program. A comparative colonial historian, her research explores the development of settler colonies in the United States and French Algeria. Her most recent publications include a chapter on building a DH program, which will appear in the Debates in DH series, Institutions, Infrastructures at the Interstices (forthcoming), and a maturity framework for DH centers. She is working on a book manuscript, Between Two Fires: The Origins of Settler Colonialism in the United States and French Algeria, as well as articles on the divergent and convergent motives of American settlers and the United States government in the trans-Appalachian west, and on definitions of indigeneity in Algerian resistance leader Ahmed Bey’s memoir.

Marsha Weisiger, University of Oregon

Marsha Weisiger is the Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair of US Western History and an associate professor of history and environmental studies at the University of Oregon, where she is also the co-director for the Center for Environmental Futures. Her scholarship focuses primarily on the environmental history of the American West. Her monographs include Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country (2009), which won the Norris and Carol Hundley Award from the PCB-AHA and the Hal Rothman Book Award from the Western History Association, and Land of Plenty: Oklahomans in the Cotton Fields of Arizona, 1933–1942 (1995). She is currently working on two related books: Danger River, which examines how men and women have narrated their adventures down the Green and Colorado rivers, and The River Runs Wild, which explores western rivers to plumb what we mean by “wild.” Her scholarship has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies. She has also served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and is a co-founder and co-coordinator of the Cascadia Environmental History Collaborative. She has previously served on the PCB Nominations Committee.

Nominations Committee (select two)

Marne Campbell, Loyola Marymount University

Marne L. Campbell is associate professor of African American studies at Loyola Marymount University. Her book, Making Black Los Angeles: Gender, Class and Community 1850–1917 (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2016) emphasizes issues of labor, politics, and culture through the intersection of this diverse community with other communities of color. She has published essays in the Journal of Urban History as well as the Journal of African American History, and the American Studies Journal. Currently, she is working on a book about race, gender, and crime in Los Angeles, and co-authoring a book on civil unrest in America with Brenda E. Stevenson. Dr. Campbell is the recipient of the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. She has also received research support from the Huntington Library and the Bellarmine College at LMU.

Alejandra Dubcovsky, University of California, Riverside

Alejandra Dubcovsky is assistant professor of history at the University of California, Riverside. She is also the inaugural fellow in the Program for the Advancement of the Humanities, a partnership of The Huntington and UC Riverside that aims to support the future of the humanities. Her latest book, Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South (2016), won the 2016 Michael V. R. Thomason Book Award from the Gulf South Historical Association. Her latest articles include Writing Timucua: Recovering and Interrogating Indigenous Authorship,” co-written with Aaron Broadwell for Early American Studies (2017); “When Archaeology and History Meet: Shipwrecks, Indians, and the Contours of the Early-Eighteenth-Century South,” Journal of Southern History (2018); and “Defying Indian Slavery: Apalachee Voices and Spanish Sources in the Eighteenth-Century Southeast,” William and Mary Quarterly (2018). In 2018, she received a Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies Grant and a UC Riverside-Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Faculty Exchange Grant.

Colin Fisher, University of San Diego

Colin Fisher is professor of history at the University of San Diego. His areas of expertise are US urban environmental history, park history, and African American and working-class environmental history. In addition to book chapters and articles, he is the author of Urban Green: Nature, Recreation, and the Working Class in Industrial Chicago (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2015). Fisher is a committed instructor who teaches classes in US environmental history, US history of food, and urban history. He has served in various leadership positions at the University of San Diego and is currently the chair of the department of history.

Rebecca Kluchin, California State University, Sacramento

Rebecca Kluchin is professor of history at California State University, Sacramento. She is the author of Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950–1980 (Rutgers Univ. Press, 2009), which won the Francis Richardson Keller-Sierra Award for best monograph from the Western Association of Women’s Historians. A scholar of women’s health and medicine, she has published articles on abortion and sterilization and has an upcoming chapter, “Gender, the Body, and Disability,” in The Oxford Handbook of American Women and Gender History (forthcoming August 2018). Kluchin is working on a manuscript titled Pregnancy and Personhood: The Maternal-Fetal Relationship in America, 1850–the Present. She was the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellow in the Archives for Women in Medicine at the Countway Library, Harvard Medical School (2014–15) and joined the board of the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine (now the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation) in 2016.

Krystal Tribbett, University of California, Irvine

Krystal Tribbett is the curator for Orange County Regional History for the University of California, Irvine Libraries Special Collections and Archives. In this role, she develops, makes accessible, and advocates for archives, special collections materials, and oral history initiatives, with a focus on documenting the cultural heritage of underrepresented communities in Orange County. Previously the UCI Libraries oral history and documentation projects coordinator, she has facilitated the collection of oral histories from over 100 campus and community members. She is on the core research team for the Institute of Museum and Library Services research grant “Transforming Knowledge | Transforming Libraries,” which explores the intersection of ethnic studies and community archives. Her most recent publications include “Tell us about your Collection: New Approaches to Donor Stories” in the Society of California Archivists Newsletter, and UCI Stories 50th Anniversary Oral History Project. Krystal holds a BA from Vassar College, and a MA and PhD in history of science-science studies from the University of California, San Diego.

Dustin Walcher, Southern Oregon University

Dustin Walcher is associate professor and chair of history and political science at Southern Oregon University. A native of the American West, he earned his BA at the University of California, Los Angeles before temporarily relocating to the Midwest where he completed his MA and PhD at the Ohio State University. A historian of international affairs, US foreign relations, and inter-American affairs, Dustin is currently revising a manuscript that examines the link between the failure of US-led economic initiatives and the rise of social revolution in Argentina during the 1950s and 1960s. With Jeffrey F. Taffet he recently published a combined textbook and document reader, The United States and Latin America: A History with Documents. Dustin teaches a wide variety of courses on international affairs, capitalism, revolutions, and oil. He has been an active member of the PCB-AHA as a regular conference participant and as a program committee member.