Andrew Shaler

Graduate Student

MA, Public History, University of California, Riverside

BA, History, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Areas

Indigenous Histories of 19th Century California

Indigenous Histories of Yosemite

Indigenous Migrations and the Pacific World

Intertribal Relations

Contact Information
Department of History

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

Pacific Studies


Committee Members

Clifford Trafzer, Chair

Rebecca Kugel 

Larry Burgess

Awards Received

CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program Scholar