America’s West: A History, 1890-1950 (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Global West, American Frontier: Travel, Empire and Exceptionalism, from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression (U. of New Mexico Press, 2013; paperback 2014), winner of the Western Heritage Award for Non-Fiction.

Promised Lands: Promotion, Memory, and the Creation of the American West (U. Press of Kansas, 2002; paperback with new preface 2011).

The End of American Exceptionalism: Frontier Anxiety from the Old West to the New Deal (U. Press of Kansas, 1993; paperback 1997).

John Steinbeck’s America, From Great Depression to the Great Society and Vietnam War (book in progress).


Co-Edited Collections:
Seeing and Being Seen: Tourism in the American West, primary co-editor, with Patrick Long (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2001).

Many Wests: Place, Culture, and Regional Identity, co-editor, with Michael C. Steiner (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1997).

Co-Edited Collections in Progress:
Oklahoma in Literature, co-edited with Susan Kates, David Levy and Alan Velie. Proposal will be submitted to University of Oklahoma Press in Fall 2017).

Edited Journal Issue:
The Historian, 66 (Fall 2004), “The West Enters the Twenty-First Century: Appraisals on the State of the Field.”

“Considering Frontiers and Empires: George Kennan’s Siberia and the United States’ West,” Western Historical Quarterly, 46 (Autumn 2015): 284-309, winner of the Oscar O. Winther Award from the Western History Association.

“The Grapes of Wrath: Views from the University of Oklahoma.” Steinbeck Now (March 2014):

“Global West, American Frontier,” Presidential Address, Pacific Coast Branch-AHA, Pasadena, August 9, 2008 (Pacific Historical Review, 78 (February 2009): 1-26.

“A Place for Regions in the Modern U.S. Survey,” Journal of American History, 94 (March 2008): 1203-1210.

“A Lesson from the Past and Some Hope for the Future: The Academy and the Schools, 1880-2007,” The History Teacher, 41 (February 2008): 151-162.

“The Global West: Gerstäcker, Burton, and Bird on the Nineteenth-Century Frontier,” Montana: The Magazine of Western History, 58 (Spring 2008): 24-34.

“Historiography as Pedagogy: Thoughts about the messy past and why we shouldn’t clean it up,” Teaching History: A Journal of Methods (Spring 2008): 3-11.

“Exceptionalism and Globalism: Travel Writers and the Nineteenth-Century American West,” Phi Alpha Theta Presidential Address, The Historian, 68 (Fall 2006): 430-460.
(Re-published in David Roediger, ed., The Best American History Essays, 2008 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), 75-99).

“Where is the WHA and Where Should it be Going? Thoughts on a Survey,”
Western Historical Quarterly, 38 (Fall 2007).

“What on Earth Has Happened to the New Western History?” The Historian, 66 (Fall 2004): 437-41.

“Movement and Adjustment in Twentieth-Century Western Writing,” in “Forum: Approaching the Literature of the 20th-Century West,” Pacific Historical Review, 72 (August 2003): 393-404.

“The West in Contemporary Rock Music, 1970-2000: A Trans-Atlantic Perspective,” American Music Research Center Journal, 10 (2000): 83-100.

“The View from Philadelphia,” in “The Atlas of the New West: A Forum,” Pacific Historical Review, 67 (August 1998): 383-92.

“Beyond the Frontier-Region Dichotomy,” Pacific Historical Review, 65 (August 1996): 401-29.

“Early Reflections on Teaching Western History,” OAH Magazine of History, 9 (Fall 1994): 51-57.

“The Closing Gates of Democracy: Frontier Anxiety Before the Official End of the Frontier,” American Studies, 32 (Spring 1991): 49-66.

“Social Protest Literature in California,” for American Literature in Transition: The 1930s, ed., Ichiro Takayoshi (forthcoming Cambridge University Press, spring 2018).

“Western College Expansion: Churches and Evangelization, States and Boosterism, 1818-1945” (co-written with Lester Goodchild) Higher Education in the West, ed., Goodchild et al, 2 vols. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 3-37.

“Layers of Regionalism and Social Protest in John Steinbeck’s ‘Years of Greatness,’ 1936-1939,” in Michael C. Steiner, ed., Regionalists on the Left: Radical Voices from the American West (Oklahoma University Press, 2013), 327-351.

“Sectionalism and Regionalism in American Historical Writing,” in James M. Banner, Jr., ed., A Century of American Historiography (Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, for the Organization of American Historians, 2009), 141-155.

“The Politics of Westernness,” in Jeff Roche, ed., Political Legacies of the 20th-Century West (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2008), 33-63.

“Twentieth-Century Western Writing,” in William Deverell, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Western History (Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2004), 460-480.
“Manifest Destiny and American Exceptionalism,” in Pierre Lagayette, ed., La Destinée Manifeste des États-Unis au XIX siècle: aspects politiques et idéologiques” (Paris: Ellipses, 1999), 145-57.

“Frederick Jackson Turner,” Dictionary of Literary Biography, 186: Nineteenth-Century American Western Writers, ed. Robert Gale (Detroit: Gale Research, 1997), 365-378.

“Many Wests: Discovering a Dynamic Western Regionalism” (co-authored with Michael C. Steiner), in Wrobel and Steiner, eds., Many Wests (1997, cited above), 1-30.

Book Introductions and Forewords:
“Exceptionalism, Globalism, and Transnationalism: The West, America, and the World Across the Centuries,” Foreword to Frank Christianson, ed., The Popular Frontier: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Transnational Mass Culture (University of Oklahoma Press, forthcoming fall 2017).

“Introduction: The West & America: The National Significance of Regional Writing,” for The Golden West: Fifty Years of Bison Books (U. of Nebraska Press, 2011): ix-xxi.

“Foreword,” Hal Rothman, The Making of Modern Nevada (U. NV Press, 2010), vii-xii.

Review Essays:
“The Fragile Edges of the New Western Empire: A Review Essay on Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike (Jared Orsi), New Mexico Historical Review, 90 (Winter 2015), 85-88.

“John Steinbeck’s Powerful Ambivalence, Steinbeck Now (posted March 2014)

“A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West,” Western American Literature (Fall 2013): 341-44.

“Paradise Pondered: Urban California, 1850-2000,” Journal of Urban History, 34 (September, 2008): 1029-43.

“Frontier House,” The Public Historian, 25 (Summer, 2003): 147-150.

“Capitalism in the West: Macrocosm and Microcosm,” Reviews in American History, 24 (June 1996): 258-64.

Encyclopedia Entries:
“Frontier,” 1: 519-23, & “Interpretations of the Frontier/West,” 2: 117-20, ed. Paul Finkelman, Encyclopedia of U.S. in the 19th Century, 3 vols. (NY: Scribner’s, 2001).

“Arid Lands Thesis,” 66-68; “Frontier Thesis,” 576-80; “Historiography, Western,” 674-78; “New Western History,” 1191-94; “Safety Valve Theory,” 1405-07; “Frederick J. Turner,” 1604-05; & “West-as-Region School,”1727-30, eds. Charles Phillips & Alan Axelrod, Encyclopedia of the American West, 4 vols. (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1996).

“About Donald Rumsfeld’s Comparison of Iraq and the Civil War,” History News Network, May 24, 2004:

“Don Laughlin,” in Kathryn Hashimoto, Sheryl Fried-Kline, & George Fenich, eds., Introduction to Casino Management (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, 1995), 66-69.

“Woodrow Wilson’s ‘Leaderless Government’”; & “Lincoln’s Selected Speeches” (Oneonta, NY: Hartwick Humanities in Management Institute Case Studies series, 1993).

Book Reviews:
Approximately 50 books reviewed in: American Historical Review, American Studies, Annals of Iowa, CHOICE, The Historian, H-List, Journal of American History, Journal of Military History, Journal of the West, Michigan Historical Review, Montana, New Mexico Historical Review, Ohio History, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Pacific Historical Review, Utah Historical Quarterly, Western American Literature, Western Historical Quarterly.

Selected Conference Presentations and Invited Talks:
“John Steinbeck’s America: A Cultural History of the Great Depression and World War II,” The University of Oklahoma Second Annual Teach-In, March 11, 2013 (invited).

“John Steinbeck’s America: The 1930s,” Banners Series at McNeese State University, April 2016; the Cone Lecture at the University of Wyoming, April 2016; the Redd Center Lecture at Brigham Young University, March 2017; and for the National Humanities Center, April 2017, in webinar format (all invited).

John Steinbeck’s America: The 1940s,” Utah Valley University, October 2016 (invited)

“John Steinbeck’s America: The Great Depression Through the Eyes of One of the Nation’s Great Writers,” Keynote address, National Council on History Education Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO, March 24, 2012; Manatee County School District, FL (OAH Distinguished Lecturer’s Series, November 8, 2012; and Keynote Address for Oklahoma Council for History Education (OKCHE), 2012 Annual Symposium, November 2, Norman, OK (all invited).

“The Global West of the Nineteenth Century,” Western History Association (Newport Beach, October 2014), Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Project.

“A Tale of Two Frontiers, Empires, and Kennans,” WHA (Tucson, October 2013).

“Causation: The Teacher’s And Student’s Nightmare and Salvation,” keynote address at “Main Currents of the 20th Century,” OAH Distinguished Lecturer Series, for Idaho Council for History Education Conference, Boise, Idaho, October 6, 2011; Keynote Address for OKCHE, 2012 Annual Symposium, November 3, at Central Oklahoma University, Edmund, OK, November 3, 2012; and Keynote Address at Jefferson County (Jeffco) Department of Education (DOE) Teaching American History (TAH) Institute, Lakewood, Colorado, June 5, 2009 (all invited).

“Global West, American Frontier,” Presidential Address, Pacific Coast Branch/AHA (Pasadena, August 9, 2008). Also delivered as the “Thought and Culture” conference keynote address, Ohio University, Athens, OH, May 8, 2009 (invited).

“Historiography as Pedagogy: Thoughts About the Messy Past and Why We Shouldn’t Clean It Up,” OAH Distinguished Lecture Series, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, November 10, 2008; and as Keynote Address, Jeffco, DOE, TAH Institute, Lakewood, Colorado, June 8, 2007 (all invited).