College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

  American West & Pacific Northwest

Ph.D. Dissertations in Progress

  • Laura Arata, “Building Freedom in the Territorial West: Sarah Bickford and Virginia City’s African American Community, 1870-1930”
  • Gregory James Atkins, “The Evangelical Mecca: Government, Business, and Christian Organization in Colorado Springs”
  • Beth Erdey, “Wildly Contentious: The Battle for North Central Idaho’s Roads, Rivers, and Wilderness”
  • Lee Ann Powell, “Culture, Cold War, Conservatism, and the End of the Atomic Age: Richland, Washington, 1943-1989”
  • Benjamin J. Smith, "Public Participation and the Northwest Power Act of 1980"
  • Jacki Hedlund Tyler, “The Power of Political Chatter: Constructing Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the Development of Oregon, 1830-1860”

Recent Dissertations

  • Jennifer Brown, “Trout Culture: An Environmental History of Fishing in the Rocky Mountain West, 1860-1975” (2012)
  • Kathleen Fry, “Farming the Water: Japanese Oyster Laborers in Washington State and the Creation of a Trans-Pacific Industry” (2011)
  • Marc Entze, “Deconsruction the Countryside: Agriculture and Railroad Abandonment in the Pacific Northwest Wheat Belt, 1900-1990” (2010)
  • Chris Allan, "Locked Up! Fear and Loathing and the Creation of National Parks in Alaska" (2010)
  • Amanda Van Lanen, "'We have grown fine fruit whether we would or not': The History of the Washington State Apple Industry, 1880–1930" (2009)
  • Steven E. Shay, "Here Once the Embattled Farmer Stood: The Rise and Fall of the Montana Freeman" (2008)
  • Cynthia Kaag, "The Science of Wine: Washington State University Scientists and the Development of the Washington Wine Industry, 1937–1992" (2008)
  • Amy Canfield, "The 'Annoying Question of Water': Trust-Fund Violations and Federal Mismanagement on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, 1891–1916" (2008)
  • Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth, "The Living World of Aniakchak: How Fire, Furs, and Fish Shaped History on the Central Alaska Peninsula" (2005)
  • William Johnson, "Amerada Hess O Alaska: Alaska Litigates for Royalties: 1977-1992" (2005)
  • Diane Krahe, "Last Refuge: The Uneasy Embrace of Indian Lands by the National Wilderness Movement, 1937–1965" (2005)
  • Janet Creighton, "Cultural Resources in Conflict: Historic Preservation and Private Property at Northwest Landing, Dupont, Washington" (2004)
  • Michelle Tabit, "Remaining Relevant: Home Economics at the University of Idaho, 1902–1980" (2004)
  • Carli Schiffner, "Continuing to 'Do Everything' in Oregon: The Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1900–1945 and Beyond" (2004)
  • Jeffrey Johnson, "Socialist Party Politics and Activism in the Northwest, 1895–1925" (2004)
  • Jeffrey Crane, "Finding the River: The Destruction and Restoration of the Kennebec and Elwha Rivers" (2004)
  • Andrew Duffin, "Fill the Earth and Subdue It: The Environmental Consequences of Intensive Agriculture in the Palouse" (2003)
  • Kevin Marsh, "Drawing Lines in the Woods: Debating Wilderness Boundaries on National Forest Lands in the Cascade Mountains, 1950–1984" (2002)
  • Dwayne Mack, "Triumphing through Adversity: African Americans in Spokane, Washington, 1945–1965—A Social History" (2002)
  • Brenda Jackson, "Finding Solace after the Storm: Thomas and Elizabeth Tannatt and the Post–Civil War Inland Empire" (2002)

Recent Master's Theses

  • Dulce Kersting, “’In all Truthfullness as I Remember it’: Deciphering Myth and Memory in Cowboy Memoirs” (2013)
  • Kristopher Skelton, “Trapped in the Fur Trade: Debt Bondage in the Rocky Mountains, 1822-1827(2013)
  • Shari Condit, “The Women of Home and Equality: Constructing Their Own Utopias in the Pacific Northwest” (2013)
  • Kelly Ann Krench, “Transportation and the Transformation of a Small Town: Wagon Roads, Trains, Pavement and the Development of Colton, Washington” (2011)
  • Paul Warden, “Reorganize or Perish: William Edgar Borah and the Republican Civil War, 1930-1936” (2011)
  • Todd M. Sulloway, “Repatriation, NAGPRA, and Cultural Resource Management: A Case Study of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation” (2011)
  • Rachel Johnson, “The Navajo Special Program in the Pacific Northwest: Educating Navajo Students at Cehmawa Indian Boarding School, 1946-57” (2010)
  • Michael Stewarts, “Carpet Bagger Trailblazers in the Pacific Northwest: The Lives of Simon Barclay Conover and William F. Prosser” (2010)
  • Jeannine Schneider, “Colliding Cultures: The Changing Landscapes of Mission San Francisco Solano, 1823-1846” (2010)
  • Benjamin Smith, “Public Participation and the Northwest Power Act of 1980” (2008)
  • Laura Arata, "Embers of the Social City: Business, Consumption, and Material Culture in Virginia City, Montana, 1863–1945" (2007)
  • Lindsay Thompson, "From the Rocky Mountains to the Ho Chi Minh Trail: Montana's Reaction to the Vietnam War" (2006)
  • Lynette Scriver, "Lemhi Shoshone of Idaho Territory: Mormons, Gold, Treaties, and an Executive Order, 1855 to 1875" (2008)
  • Patrick M. King, "Labor and Mechanization: The Hop Industry in Yakima Valley, 1866–1950" (2008)
  • Melissa Williams, "Those Who Desire Very Much to Stay: African Americans and Housing in Vancouver, Washington, 1940 to 1960" (2007)
  • Cara Lynn Kaser, "A Narrative and Survey Report of Historic Church Buildings in Latah County, Idaho" (2007)
  • Lee Ann Hall, "Making Plutonium, Re-Making Richland: Atomic Heritage and Community Identity, Richland, Washington, 1943–1963" (2007)
  • Matthew Hansbury, "The Three Trials of the Nisqually Chief Leschi, Governor Isaac I. Stevens, and the Medicine Creek Treaty of 1855" (2006)
  • Rachel Lois Uthmann, "Finding Stability: Post-Soviet Russian Immigrants in Portland, Oregon" (2005)
  • Jon Flashnick, "The Unasked Oregon Question: A Re-Examination of the British Role in the Oregon Boundary Negotiations, 1827-1846" (2005)
  • Summer Hahn, "A Professor's Neighborhood: College Hill, Pullman, Washington, 1893-Present" (2005)
  • Mark Moreno, "Mexican American Gangs, Migration, and Ethnic Identity in Eastern Washington, 1944–2004" (2004)
  • Salina Davis-Pavlovick, "Camp Rimini, Montana, 1939–1944: A History" (2004)
  • Amanda Van Lanen, "It Was a Time When the Promoter Promoted: Irrigation in Wenatchee, Washington, 1890–1908" (2004)
  • Robin Payne, "Reel Disillusion: The New Hollywood of the Late 1960s and 1970s and Its Reflection of Social Discontent" (2004)
  • Any Canfield, "The Pocatello Land Rush of 1902 and the Fort Hall Indian Reservation: A Study of Allotment, Surplus Lands, and Trust-Fund Violations, 1867–1907" (2004)
  • Ben Baughman, "William Craig in Nez Perce Country: Mountain Man, Interpreter, and Indian Agent, 1807–1869" (2003)
  • Tim Zacharias, "Lest We Forget: A Prospographic Analysis of Oregon's Constitutional Convention of 1857" (2003)
  • Norman Turnipseed, "Based on a True Story: Lewis and Clark and the Search for a Useful Past" (2003)
  • Spencer Bryce, "Canyonlands National Park: A Cultural Resource Assessment"
  • Jon Middaugh, "Limiting Mobility: Migrant Farm Workers in the Yakima Valley, Washington, 1965–1975" (2002)

Palouse Falls
Washington State University home economics lab, early 1900s. Courtesy of WSU Libraries, MASC.
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