2021 Program

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2021 WHA Program

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2021 President: Maria E. Montoya

Maria E. Montoya is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at NYU Shanghai and an Associate Professor of History at NYU New York. She teaches History of the American West, the U.S. History survey, Labor History in the United States, and the History of Water. Maria was born in Albuquerque, NM and grew up in Arvada, CO, a suburb of Denver. She earned her BA, MA and PhD degrees at Yale University, and in between spent a couple of years at the University of New Mexico working on a master’s degree. Prior to teaching at NYU, Maria taught for twelve years at the University of Michigan, where she was the Director of the Latina/o Studies Program, and at the University of Colorado.

She has authored articles on the History of the American West, Environmental, Labor and Latina/o history and of the book, Translating Property: The Maxwell Land Grant and the Conflict over Land in the American West, 1840-1900.  She is the lead author on the U.S. History textbook, Global Americans: A Social and Global History of the United States (Cengage, 2018). She is finishing up a manuscript, Rockefeller and Roache: Progressives Managing Workers, 1900-1940, which focuses on John D. Rockefeller and Josephine Roche, and their roles in defining the spheres of work and home life during the early twentieth century. She is also working on two other manuscripts: A Chicana in China, which is a memoir inspired by an earlier work of Rudolfo Anaya, and a book project about the scarcity of water in the American Southwest, and the Rio Grande in particular. She is currently the PI for Zaanheh: A Natural History of Shanghai, an interdisciplinary team based research project at NYU Shanghai, which works in collaboration with Eric Sanderson’s Mannahatta Project.

Maria attended her first WHA meeting in 1988 in Wichita, KS and has rarely missed a meeting since then. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the John and Laree Caughey Foundation. Her service to the WHA includes: Chair of the Membership Committee, the Board of Editors of the Western Historical Quarterly, the Steering Committee for the Coalition of Western Women’s History (CWWH), Chair of the first Jensen Miller Prize, member of the Hal Rothman Prize, and the WHA Council.  She was also one of the founding members of the Committee on Race in the American West (CRAW). Maria writes: “From the first moment I stepped into Howard Lamar’s class as an undergraduate and found out that I could spend my time learning about the place I came from, I was hooked on the History of the American West. Since then, my intellectual journey and my relationship with this organization has led me on a most rewarding career of writing, teaching, and speaking about the place I call home, the American West. This organization has fostered a deep relationship with scholars and life-long friends who share the same passion. I am deeply honored to be chosen as the President-elect of the WHA and I look forward to serving the organization with pride, dedication, and passion for an organization that has been my intellectual home for decades.”

2021 Program Committee

Erika M. Bsumek, University of Texas at Austin (Co-Chair)

Erik Loomis, University of Rhode Island (Co-Chair)

Michael Witgen, Columbia University (Co-Chair)

Juliana Barr, Duke University
Maurice Crandall, Dartmouth College
Heather Ponchetti Daly, UC San Diego and Irvine Valley College
Liz Elizondo, Virginia Military Institute

Brian Hosmer, Oklahoma State University
David Igler, University of California, Irvine
S. Deborah Kang, University of Texas, Dallas
Brian Leech, Augustana College
Lindsay Stallones Marshall, University of Illinois - Urbana Champagne
David Martinez, Arizona State University
Sheila McManus, University of Lethbridge
Kelli Mosteller, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center
Lina-Maria Murillo, University of Iowa
Andrew Needham, New York University
Nakia Parker, Michigan State University
Katrina Phillips, Macalester College
Taylor Rose, Yale University
Lissa Wadewitz, Linfield University
Joel Zapata, Oregon State University

      2021 Local Arrangements

      Katy Barber, Portland State University (Co-Chair)
      Steven Fountain, Washington State University, Vancouver (Co-Chair)
      Ryan Booth, Washington State University
      Peter Boag, Washington State University
      Coll Thrush, University of British Columbia
      Peter Kopp, University of Colorado Denver
      Greta Smith, Independent Public Historian
      David Paul Hedberg, Independent Public Historian

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