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Historical Research is a Journey

I first became interested in pioneer monuments as an advanced graduate student at UCLA. My doctoral dissertation traced changing gender roles and ideology among the first two generations of white American settlers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. I wanted to find out how migrating west over the Oregon Trail and growing up on the frontier affected Read More…

Challenging Pioneer Memory

The June 2015 shooting of nine African-American worshippers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white supremacist sparked many calls to retire use of Confederate flags not only in that state but throughout the American South.  Outrage over those killings and well-publicized killings of unarmed black civilians by white police Read More…

How the Digital Revolution is Transforming Historical Research

There’s lots of talk these days about how the Digital Revolution is transforming our world.  Digital technology is transforming the way that we do business (think globalization, outsourcing, and e-commerce) and the way that we communicate (think mobile phones and social media).  Educators celebrate or lament the learning methods of the first generation of “digital Read More…