College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Public History Faculty

Photo: Robert BaumanRobert Bauman

Associate Professor of History, WSU Tri-Cities

Education: Ph.D. History, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1998

Publications: Bauman's most recent publications include "Jim Crow in the Tri-Cities, 1943–1950," Pacific Northwest Quarterly (Summer 2005), and "The Black Power and Chicano Movements in the Poverty Wars in Los Angeles," Journal of Urban History (January 2007). His book From Watts to East L.A.: Race and the War on Poverty in Los Angeles will be published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2008.

Photo: Robert McCoyRobert McCoy

Assistant Professor of History
Wilson-Short Hall 318

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 2002

Academic and Professional Interests: McCoy teaches public history with a specialization in historic preservation. He also teaches United States history with special interest in memory and the creation of historical narratives.

Publications: McCoy's publications include Chief Joseph, Yellow Wolf, and the Creation of Nez Perce History in the Pacific Northwest (Routledge Press, 2004).

Photo: Laurie MercierLaurie Mercier

Professor of History, WSU Vancouver
Dr. Mercier's Web site

Education: Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1995

Academic and Professional Interests: Mercier teaches the history of the United States, the American West, the Pacific Northwest, Immigration and Migration, and American Labor. She is former associate director of the Center for Columbia River History and a former president of the National Oral History Association.

Publications: Mercier's recent publications include Anaconda: Labor, Community, and Culture in Montana's Smelter City (University of Illinois Press, 2001); "Reworking Race, Class, and Gender into Pacific Northwest History" (Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies, 2001); "Instead of Fighting the Common Enemy: Mine Mill and the Steelworkers Unions in Cold War Montana" (Labor History, fall 1999); "We are Women Irish: Gender, Class, Religious, and Ethnic Identity in Anaconda, Montana" (in Writing the Range: Race, Class, and Culture in the Women's West, University of Oklahoma Press, 1997); and "Creating a New Community in the North: Mexican Americans of the Yellowstone Valley" (in Stories from an Open Country: Essays on the Yellowstone River Valley, University of Washington Press, 1995).

Photo: Orlan SvingenOrlan Svingen

Professor of History
Wilson-Short Hall 311

Education: Ph.D., University of Toledo, 1982

Academic and Professional Interests: Svingen teaches public history and United States history, and he has a research and publication interest in American Indian history.

Publications: Svingen's publications include The Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, 1877–1900 (University Press of Colorado, 1994); The History of the Idaho National Guard (Idaho Military Division, 1995); and Splendid Service: A History of the Montana National Guard, 1867–1991 (Washington State University Press, in press). He has published scholarly articles in Western Historical Quarterly, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, American Indian Quarterly, and Montana: The Magazine of Western History.

Svingen works for the Lemhi Shoshone people of Idaho in their ongoing effort to regain federal recognition. See the official Web site of the Fort Lemhi-Shoshone Indian Community at

Public History at WSU

The public history program at Washington State University was established in 1979 and offers both an M.A. and Ph.D. WSU's mission is to train graduate students to work on historical projects with a broad range of audiences and institutions, as well as prepare them for positions in museums, archives, and historic preservation.


A WICHE Program

The graduate program in history is a participant in the Western Regional Graduate Program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). This makes high-quality graduate programs available to WICHE-state students at a reasonable cost. Through this program, residents of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are eligible to enroll at resident rates of tuition.

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