Albert L. Hurtado
Paul H. and Doris Eaton Travis Chair in Modern American History
Professional Background:

I was born and raised in Sacramento and received my B.A. and M.A.  degrees at California State University, Sacramento (1969, 1974), and my Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1981).  At Santa Barbara I studied with Wilbur R. Jacobs, a leading authority on the history of the American frontier and Native American history.  I worked for several years as a public historian and taught part time at Sierra College (Rocklin, California) and the University of Maryland.  In 1983 I joined the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis where I founded a graduate program in public history.  In 1986 I moved to Arizona State University where I taught the American West and American Indian history.  In 1998 I accepted the Paul H. and Doris Eaton Travis Chair in Modern American history in the University of Oklahoma.


My special interests are in the history of the American West and American Indian history.  I have published numerous articles on these subjects.  My first book, Indian Survival on the California Frontier (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988) won the Billington Prize, which is awarded by the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American frontier history every two years.   Major Problems in American Indian History (with Peter Iverson) (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993) is widely sued in as a texct in American Indian history courses.  This spring the University of New Mexico Press published Intimate Frontiers: Sex, Gender, and Culture in Early California (Albuquerque, 1999).  Currently I am writing (with three other historians) a textbook for Houghton Mifflin on the history of the American West.  I also have contracts biographies to write biographies of John A, Sutter and Herbert E. Bolton.  To see my vita, click here.


I have taught a variety of undergraduate courses in the fields of American Indian and American western history including, Hispanic Southwest to 1848, American West to 1850, American Southwest from 1848, American West from 1850, Indians of the Southwestern U.S., U.S. History to 1865, Perspectives on the Americas, U.S. History from 1865, History of Sexuality in the U.S.

My graduate courses have included  the American Frontier, the New American West, Historiography, Community History Research Methods, Research Seminars, and American Indian History.

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