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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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2014 Call for Papers

Dynamic Environments: Migration, Encounter, Exchange

Historical change takes place in a variety of environments: cities and suburbs, oceans and deserts, cultural institutions and cyberworlds. These environments are all dynamic, subject to chaotic and subtle change over time. Social identities of gender, race, class, and sexuality are constructed within such dynamic environments. Similarly, ideas of nature and science are negotiated in these ever-changing social worlds.

The program committee invites complete panels and individual papers that reflect the dynamism of social, political, and natural environments. We welcome submissions that deal with all continents and incorporate a variety of geographic scales, including world, transnational, regional, and local history. Panels focused on issues of human migration, cultural encounters, and social/ecological exchange are especially welcome.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 15, 2014 .

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2013 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):

Michael F. Magliari, California State University, Chico, for: “Free State Slavery: Bound Indian Labor and Slave Trafficking in California’s Sacramento Valley, 1850–1864” (May 2012, vol 81, number 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):

Laura Renata Martin, University of California, Santa Cruz, for: “‘California’s Unemployed Feed Themselves’: Conservative Intervention in the Los Angeles Cooperative Movement, 1931–1934” (February 2013, vol 82, number 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):

Proceso James Paligutan, University of California, Irvine, for: “American Dream Deferred: Filipino Nationals in the US Navy and Coast Guard, 1947–1970” (University of California, Irvine, 2012).

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):

Susan Schulten, University of Denver, for: Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth–Century America (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

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):

Derek S. Hoff, Kansas State University, for: The State and the Stork: The Population Debate and Policy Making in US History (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

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