Louis Warren is W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of Western History at the University of California, Davis focusing on the American West, environmental history, Native Americans, and California. Louis Warren has been a long-time contributor to the History Project and will serve as Co-Director of the Landmarks workshop. He is author to: Buffalo Bill’s America: William Cody and the Wild West Show (Alfred A, Knopf, 2010), editor for American Environmental History (Blackwell, 2013), The Hunter’s Game: Poachers and Conservationists in Twentieth-Century America (Yale University Press, 1997), and numerous articles including “Wage Work in the Sacred Circle: The Ghost Dane as Modern Religion,” Western Historical Quarterly 46(2) Summer: 141-168. His new book God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Dawn of the Twentieth Century is set for publication in 2017.

Stacey Greer is the Director of the History Project at UC Davis and previously work for the California Department of Education as the Education Programs Consultant for History-Social Science.  In addition, she taught both middle and high school in California.  Her academic focus lies in World History and supporting teachers in bringing historical literacy to their classrooms.


Lisa Emmerich  is a Professor of History and the coordinator of the American Indian Studies Program at California State University, Chico.  She has written extensively on 19th and 20th century federal assimilation policies and effects on Native cultures with articles appearing in the American Indian Quarterly, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, and Great Plains Quarterly, as well as in several scholarly anthologies.  Her current research is focused on the impact of casino gaming on tribal citizenship.

Shelley Fisher Fishkin is a Professor of English at Stanford University, Joseph S. Atha Professor of Humanities, and Co-Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers of North America Project. Her academic interests focus on race and racism in America, and on recovering previously silenced voices from the past. Her publications include: “Crossroads of Cultures: The Transnational Turn in American Studies—Presidential Address to the American Studies Association, November 12, 2004.” American Quarterly Vol. 57, No. 1 (March 2005) and “Asian Crossroads/Transnational American Studies.” Japanese Journal of American Studies No. 17 (2006).

Richard Orsi is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, East Bay and editor of the California History Sesquicentennial Series. He is author of Sunset Limited: The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Development of the American West, 1850-1930 (University of California Press, 2005) and of “Railroads and the Urban Environment: The Sacramento Story,” in River City and Valley Life: An Environmental History of the Sacramento Region (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013).

phil-sextonPhil Sexton is a professional interpreter of cultural and natural resources for the California State Railroad Museum. He has over 30 years in natural and historic resource management and interpretation with the US Forest Service, the US National Park Service, and California State Parks. Prepare your most random railroad and environmental questions for Phil, he knows all!

Richard White is the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University concentrating on the history of the American West, Native Americans, and the environment. Professor White is the Principal Investigator for the “Shaping the West” Spatial History Lab at Stanford University, which studies historic perception of space in the West. He is author of one of our assigned texts Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America (Norton, 2011).

Other Members of the HP Team:

As the History Project’s Events Coordinator Katharine Cortes regularly coordinates professional learning for history/social science teachers in the Greater Sacramento area. She is a current PhD candidate in the UC Davis History Department with a focus on nineteenth century US History. She will work closely with teacher-leader Jeff Pollard to ensure that NEH Summer Scholars, the Co-Directors, and contributing scholars will have adequate support to carry out all activities. They will provide specific attention and support to translating the experience into classroom applications, assuring that NEH Summer Scholars will benefit both intellectually and professionally.