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The Pacific Coast Branch was organized in 1903 to serve members of the American Historical Association living in the Western States of the United States and the Western Provinces of Canada.

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2015 Call for Papers

Creating the Past and Its Futures: Historians at Work

Research, teaching, writing, and public outreach are interconnected components of the historical enterprise. If the past does not change, the way we share it does. As novel strategies for locating, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting the past allow us to imagine anew its future, this dynamism continues. Innovative approaches to identity, society, economy, science, and the state have invigorated scholarly and public engagement in historical questions; while new media and the digital humanities have created new venues for historians to share their stories. Meanwhile, as more diverse individuals and groups enter the profession, we are invited to reconsider not just what we think but also how we convey ideas to others who may not share our basic assumptions. As scholars and educators, we gather to exchange work and explore how to engage specialists, generalists, students and the public.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 15, 2015.

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2014 Prize & Award Winners

The Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association congratulates the following PCB–AHA prize and award winners.

Pacific Historical Review Awards

The Louis Knott Koontz Memorial Award (most deserving contribution to the Pacific Historical Review, selected by the Board of Editors of the Review):

Catherine (Casey) Christensen, University of California, Irvine, for: “Mujeres Públicas: American Prostitutes in Baja California, 1910–1930” (May 2013, vol 82, no 2).

The W. Turrentine Jackson Prize (graduate student whose essay has been adjudged by the Editors of the Pacific Historical Review to be of outstanding quality):

Khalil Anthony Johnson, Jr., Yale University, for: “The Chinle Dog Shoots: Federal Governance and Grass–roots Politics in Postwar Navajo Country” (February 2014, vol 83, no 1).

Pacific Coast Branch Awards

The W. Turrentine Jackson Award (author of a dissertation judged to be the most outstanding on any aspect of the history of the American West in the twentieth century):

Philip van Huizen, University of British Columbia, for: “Flooding the Border: Development, Politics, and Environmental Controversy in the Canadian–Skagit Valley” (University of British Columbia, 2013).

Honorable Mention:

Genevieve Carpio, University of Southern California, for: “From Citrus Belt to Inland Empire: Race, Place, and Mobility in Inland Southern California, 1880–2000” (University of Southern California, 2013).

The Norris and Carol Hundley Award (best book published in history during a calendar year by a scholar living in the region served by the Branch):

Billy G. Smith, Montana State University, for: Ship of Death: A Voyage that Changed the Atlantic World (Yale University Press, 2013).

The Pacific Coast Branch Award (best book submitted by a scholar who resides in the states and provinces from which the Branch draws its membership, offered only for first books, and usually to younger scholars):

Matthew L. Basso, University of Utah, for: Meet Joe Cooper: Masculinity and Race on Montana’s World War II Home Front (University of Chicago Press, 2013).

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