2019 Pacific Coast Branch Election

The PCB-AHA Nominations Committee submits the following nominations for the 2019 election. Balloting will begin March 15 and close on March 30, 2019, 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)

Marsha Weisiger, University of Oregon


Dr. 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. She is also the co-director for the Center for Environmental Futures at UO. She has published two monographs, Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country (2009), 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 (1995). She is currently working on two related books that deal with the environmental history of western rivers. 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 is also an active public historian and has participated in the PCB for many years as a member of the Council and the Nominating Committee.

Council (select three)

Verónica Castillo-Muñoz, University of California, Santa Barbara


Dr. Verónica Castillo-Muñoz, associate professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, studies transnational migration to Mexico and Mexican migration to the United States. Her first book, The Other California: Land, Identity, and Politics on the Mexican Borderlands (Univ. of California Press, 2016), examines how communities of laborers changed the racially and ethnically diverse social landscape of the Mexico-US borderlands. Her second book project, Women and Revolution: A Tale of Violence and Deception on the Mexico-US Borderlands, uses photographic representations and testimonies of border women to examine their participation and experiences in the Mexican Revolution (1910–20). During the Revolution, women were often targets of violence by the military and revolutionary caudillos. Women and Revolution investigates how Mexican women negotiated injustice, violence, migration, and family across the Mexican-US borderlands. Dr. Castillo-Muñoz also serves as book reviews editor for the Journal of Mexican Studies/Studios Mexicanos.

Andrew Isenberg, University of Kansas


Dr. Andrew C. Isenberg specializes in environmental, western, and Native American history. He received his BA from St. Olaf College and his PhD from Northwestern University; he is currently the Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas. His books include The Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History, 1750–1920 (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000); Mining California: An Ecological History (Hill and Wang, 2005); Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life (Hill and Wang, 2013); and, with James M. Turner, The Republican Reversal: Conservatives and the Environment from Nixon to Trump (Harvard Univ. Press, 2018). He is the editor of The Nature of Cities: Culture, Landscape, and Urban Space (Univ. of Rochester Press, 2006); The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History (Oxford Univ. Press, 2014); and The California Gold Rush: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2018). His current book project is tentatively titled The Experimental Empire: Indians, Squatters, and Slaves in the North American Borderlands.

Priscilla Leiva, Loyola Marymount University


Dr. Priscilla Leiva is an assistant professor of Chicana/o and Latina/o studies at Loyola Marymount University. Her research interests include relational ethnic studies, urban history and sports history, particularly as it relates to place making and community formation. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how stadiums have produced and sustained racial meanings that shape ideas about the city and belonging. She is also the lead researcher for Chavez Ravine: An Unfinished Story, an oral history and archival collaboration that documents a long history of displacement and its aftermath in Los Angeles. Her research has been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Social Science Research Council Mellon Mays Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, and University of Texas at Austin Center for Mexican American Studies. Her public humanities work includes collaborations with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Imagining America, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and, most recently, Boyle Heights Museum.

Blake Slonecker, Heritage University


Dr. Blake Slonecker is the Ted Robertson Chair of Humanities and associate professor of history at Heritage University, which is located on the homelands of the Yakama Nation. He has published A New Dawn for the New Left: Liberation News Service, Montague Farm, and the Long Sixties (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), and his research has appeared in the Journal of Social History, The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture, and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. The Pacific Historical Review will soon publish his article on the women’s liberation movement and the underground press in Seattle. He is a member of the American Historical Association’s Tuning Project and co-editor and reviews editor of The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. In 2018, he participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Institute, “The Native American West: A Case Study of the Columbia Plateau.” He won two teaching awards while on the faculty at Waldorf College, and he has served as president of the Faculty Senate at Heritage University.

Ian Stacy, Whatcom Community College


Ian Stacy is the social sciences department chair and an associate professor of history at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA. He earned a PhD from the University of Montana (2013), where he was the recipient of the Moser-McKinney Fellowship along with fellowships from the US Forest Service and the Newberry and Huntington Libraries. With a background in environmental history and the American West, he teaches broadly across the curriculum, including courses in the Holocaust, world geography, and the history of science. He has published in Environmental History and Journal of the West, in addition to a contribution in Transnational Indians in the North American West (2015). His current academic projects include participation in a multidisciplinary team of academics and community members to address social and environmental challenges in the Salish Sea region.

Blair Woodard, University of Portland


Dr. Blair Woodard is an associate professor of history and environmental studies at the University of Portland. His research and teaching focus is on the history of modern Latin America. He is especially interested in issues of cultural construction and contestation between the United States and Latin America during the Cold War. His current work explores the interplay of popular culture and official diplomacy in the creation of US-Cuban relations, examining the popular visual ties that bound the United States and Cuba together before 1959 as well as sustaining over 50 years of enmity between the two nations following the revolution. At the University of Portland, he teaches courses in colonial and modern Latin America, including the histories of Cuba, Mexico, environmental history, and Latin American popular culture.

Nominations Committee (select three)

Julia Gossard, Utah State University


Dr. Julia M. Gossard is assistant professor of history and distinguished assistant professor of honor’s education at Utah State University. A historian of 18th-century French childhood, youth, and gender, her book Coercing Children is forthcoming from McGill-Queen’s University Press. Julia’s award-winning research appears in the Journal of the History of Childhood & Youth as well as French Historical Studies. She teaches courses on early modern and modern Europe and the Atlantic world. As an instructor, Julia is committed to fostering student-centric learning and incorporates digital history projects as well as Reacting to the Past simulations into her courses. She has presented on her use of role-play games at PCB-AHA and at other pedagogy workshops. She is active on Twitter. To learn more about her teaching and research, visit her website. Julia would love serving such a collegial and encouraging organization as the PCB-AHA.

Ari Kelman, University of California, Davis


Dr. Ari Kelman is Chancellor’s Leadership Professor of History and associate dean for academic programs and planning in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War (Hill and Wang, 2015); A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek (Harvard Univ. Press, 2013), recipient of several honors, including the Bancroft Prize; and A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans (Univ. of California Press, 2003), which won the Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize. Kelman’s essays and articles have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Journal of American History, and many others. He is now working on a book titled For Liberty and Empire: How the Civil War Bled into the Indian Wars and editing the journal Reviews in American History.

Sheila McManus, University of Lethbridge


Dr. Sheila McManus is a professor of history at the University of Lethbridge in southern Alberta. Her research focuses on the borderlands of the North American West, and she has co-edited H-Borderlands since 2015. Her work includes The Line Which Separates: Race, Gender, and the Making of the Alberta-Montana Borderlands (Nebraska, 2005); One Step Over the Line: Toward a History of Women in the North American Wests, co-edited with Elizabeth Jameson (Athabasca, 2008); Choices and Chances: A History of Women in the US West (Wiley, 2010); and Both Sides Now: Writing the Edges of the North American West (TAMU, under contract). She teaches the histories of the North American West, borderlands, historiography and methodology, and world history; in 2018 she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award by the University of Lethbridge.

Mark Padoongpatt, University of Nevada-Las Vegas


Dr. Mark Padoongpatt is associate professor and director of Asian and Asian American studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research and teaching interests include Asian American and Pacific Islanders 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), the Journal of American Ethnic History (January 2015), Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (NYU Press, 2013), and in the anthology Food across Borders (Rutgers Univ. Press, 2017). Padoongpatt served as co-chair of the 2016 AHA-PCB Program Committee.

Tyina Steptoe, University of Arizona


Dr. Tyina Steptoe is an associate professor of history at the University of Arizona. Her work focuses on race, gender, and popular culture in the United States. Her book, Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City (Univ. of California Press, 2016), examines how the migration of black East Texans, Creoles of color, and ethnic Mexicans complicated notions of race in 20th-century Houston. Houston Bound won the Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book (North American) from the Urban History Association, the W. Turrentine Jackson Book Prize from the Western History Association, and the Julia Ideson Award from the Friends of the Texas Room at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. Her writing has appeared in the American Quarterly, Journal of African American History, Journal of the West, Modern American History, The American Historian, and the Oxford American. Her new work focuses on gender and sexuality in rhythm and blues music.

Coll Thrush, University of British Columbia


Dr. Coll Thrush is professor of history at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in unceded Coast Salish territories, and associate faculty at UBC’s Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. He is the author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place, which won the 2007 Washington State Book Award for History/Biography. He is also co-editor with Colleen Boyd of Phantom Past, Indigenous Presence: Native Ghosts in North American History & Culture (2011). He is also the author of two prizewinning articles: “City of the Changers” (Urban History Association, 2007) and “Vancouver the Cannibal” (American Society for Ethnohistory, 2011). Professor Thrush’s most recent book is Indigenous London, which examines that city’s history through the experiences of Indigenous travelers. He is currently at work on SlaughterTown, a history-memoir examining trauma, memory, silence, and landscape in Coast Salish territories, and Wrecked: Ecologies of Failure in the Graveyard of the Pacific, a critical cultural and environmental history of shipwrecks, settler colonialism, and Indigenous survivance on the outer coast of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.