Associate Professor & Department Chair
Ph.D. UCLA (U.S. History) M.A. UCLA (U.S. History) B.A. Cum Laude Pomona College (Asian Studies)
U.S. environmental history (and related topics), history of the U.S. West, Native American history, U.S. women's history
-In progress: Sex, Lies, and Legal Tape: Whaling the Pacific World.
-The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea (University of Washington Press, 2012). Winner of the American Historical Association's Albert Corey Prize (best book on the history of U.S.-Canadian relations), the Western History Association's Hal K. Rothman Prize (best book in western environmental history), and the North American Society for Oceanic History's John Lyman Book Award (for the best book in maritime science and technology history).
Articles/Book Chapters In Progress:
-"Rethinking the 'Indian War': Northern Indians and Intra-Indian Politics in the Western Canada-U.S. Borderlands."
-"The American Whaling Fleet of the Pacific World and the 'Gospel of Kindness'," for "New Histories of Pacific Whaling: Cross-Cultural and Environmental Encounters," eds. Ryan Tucker Jones and Angela Wanhalla. For special issue of Perspectives, a publication of the Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany (anticipated 2019).
-"Post-Contact History," for anthology Islands of the Salish Sea, ed. Moshe Rapaport (under review).
Articles/Book Chapters Completed:
-"Sentiment and Gore: Whaling the Pacific World," for anthology Migrant Ecologies: Environmental Histories of the Pacific World, eds. Edward Melillo & Ryan Tucker Jones (under contract with University of Hawaii Press; anticipated 2019).
-“Fishing the Line: Political Boundaries and Border Fluidity in the U.S.-Canada Borderlands, 1880s-1930s,” in Brian DeLay, ed., North American Borderlands (Rewriting Histories Series) (Routledge 2013); originally published in Sterling Evans, ed., The Borderlands of the American and Canadian Wests: Essays on Regional History of the 49th Parallel (University of Nebraska Press, 2006), 299-308.
-"Are Fish Wildlife?" Environmental History 16:3 (July 2011), 423-427.
-"The Scales of Salmon: Diplomacy and Conservation in the Western Canada-U.S. Borderlands," in Andrew Graybill and Benjamin Johnson, eds., Bridging National Borders in North America (Duke University Press, 2010).
-"Pirates of the Salish Sea: Labor, Mobility, and Environment in the Transnational West," Pacific Historical Review (Nov. 2006), 587-627.
-"Fishing the Line: Political Boundaries and Border Fluidity in the U.S.-Canada Borderlands, 1880s-1930s," in Sterling Evans, ed., The Borderlands of the American and Canadian Wests: Essays on the Regional History of the 49th Parallel (University of Nebraska Press, 2006), 299-308.
Links of Interest
The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea
Introduction to U.S. Environmental History, Introduction to the History of the U.S. West, Native American History, How the West Fed the United States (history of food production in the U.S. West), Introduction to U.S. Women's History