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
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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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