Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
Website URL
20th Century American West, peace studies, preventative detention, white savior complex, migration, women and gender, social movements, Rosalie Hankey Wax, Fr. Edward J Flanagan, Japanese American Incarceration..
Additional Contact Information
On leave AY 2018-19 so availability may be limited due to research travel.

Personal Info

About Me

I am a specialist in 20th century US social and cultural history, whose research focuses on migration, labor, gender, social identity and community, collective memory, and conceptions of what it means to be “American” in the post-frontier American West. My interest in “encounter” in the post-frontier West forms the unifying theme of my varied scholarly work. My first book, Perimeters of Democracy: Inverse Utopias and the Wartime Social Landscape in the American West reveals the prevalence of federal “reservations” in the West as part of a patterned response to racial and political anxieties in wartime.

I am currently working on an examination of the intersections of race, class, gender, and religion in the professional and private writings of anthropologist Rosalie Hankey Wax. A portion of this work was published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. In addition, I have been interviewing survivors of two tsunamis that destroyed Hilo, Hawaii in 1946 and 1960 and reconfigured ethnic communities within the city.

I also serve as Executive Editor of the journal Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research. 

Recent Publications

“Border Work: Grassroots Activism for Permeable of Racial Boundaries during World War II” in Borders Permeable and Liminal: Ethnicity, Identity, and Place in the United States Susanne Berthier and Paul Otto, Berghahn Books, forthcoming.

Biography: “The Life of Servant of God Edward J. Flanagan, 1904-1917,” Submitted to the Historical Commission for the Cause for Canonization of Father Edward J. Flanagan, July 2012.

Guest Editor, “Art, Activism, and the Cultural Politics of Peacemaking,” Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research 1 (January 2015). Includes authorship of the introductory essay, “Within the Folds of the Complex: Art, Activism, and the Cultural Politics of Peacemaking,” 1-10.

Perimeters of Democracy: Inverse Utopias and the Wartime Social Landscape in the American West Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010.

Media Coverage
CSPAN Author Interview on Perimeters of Democracy (2015):
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Local & Regional, Migration & Immigration, Race, Women