My primary research interests are in the Native American and Indigenous history of California in the nineteenth century. My dissertation closely examines the histories of Miwok, Yokuts, Mono, and Paiute peoples of the Yosemite and southern Sierra Nevada regions and their reactions and responses to settler violence in the Gold Rush era. In addition, my research considers the transnational migrations that brought other indigenous people, including Cherokees, Choctaws, Wyandots, Yaquis from Mexico, Māoris from New Zealand, and Aboriginal Australians, onto California Indian lands. In many ways these indigenous emigrants straddled California's "settler" and "indigenous" spheres, often maintaining close relations with both.
Native American History
California and the American West
Global Indigenous Studies
Clifford Trafzer, Chair
CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program Scholar