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The Center of the American West serves as a forum committed to the civil, respectful, and problem-solving exploration of important and often contentious public issues. In an era of political polarization and contention, the Center strives to bring out “the better angels of our nature” by appealing to our common loyalties and hopes as Westerners.
Our aim is to help our students become discerning citizens and leaders in any of the fields that they may explore in their futures. We also work to provide community – a hub where students on a large campus can feel at home. To this end we sponsor a wide range of opportunities, inviting students to venture beyond classrooms and textbooks and to interact with leading scholars, writers, public servants, and faculty members.
The Center of the American West works on issues as diverse as the West itself. From energy to immigration, government to development, water to wildfire, and much more, you’ll find all our projects and publications in this section.
The following individuals have been selected to participate as Mellon Fellows for our Skills Repurposing Weekends. We will continue to recruit on an annual basis for openings that fulfill the guidelines of this three-year grant.
Reconstructing Indian Territory: Federal vs. Native Power and the Expansion of American Sovereignty, 1861-1907
Interpreting the Transnational Material Culture of the 19th Century
Aerial Enclosures: From Commons to Conflict in the American West
Miracle Miles: From Roadbuilding to American Highway Engineering, 1893-1933
Californio Local Liberalism: The Lasting Impact of Mexican Ideologies in California, 1848-1890
In the Land of Milk, Honey, and Hollywood! Religion and Black Urban Life in Los Angeles, 1903-1953
The Age of Encampment: Race, Migration, Surveillance, and the Power of Spatial Scripts, 1933-1950
Wild by Design the Technological Construction of Authenticity, Wilderness, and Nature in America’s National Parks, 1890-1945
Borderline Unstainable: Urban Planning and Diplomacy at the Tijuana-San Diego Boundary, 1919-1999
Parks to the People: The National Park Service and Social Change in the Long 1960s
"Liderazgo con Buena Mano”:” Aida Barrera, Carrascolendas and the Intersection of Race and Gender"
"Ocean Fever: Steam Power, Transpacific Trade, and American Colonization of Puget Sound"
"Right to Painless Death": The Fight for Humane Animal Slaughter in the Cold War United States
“Sanitizing History: Environmental Cleanup and Historic Preservation in U.S. West Mining Communities”
Narcomundi: How Narcotraficantes Gained Control of Northern Mexico and Beyond
"Representation for Change: How Chicanas Transformed American Politics in the Twentieth Century"
Undercurrents: Resistance and Survival in the Colorado River Borderlands
The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century
Coal Frontier: Corporate Power and the Making of the Powder River Basin, 1965-1985
“God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise”: Christianity and Nature in the American West
“Trapped by Progress? Technological Innovation and Winter Security in the Northern Plains, 1854-1949”
“Sinclair’s Dinoland: How Artists and Oilmen Made Midcentury America Mesozoic”
“Black Leaders of Leisure in the Struggle for Freedom during the Jim Crow Era in the American West: The Implications of their Stories for Our Lives Today”