College Of Humanities and Fine Arts

Michael Magliari


Dr. Magliari currently is conducting research on Indian slavery and unfree labor in California and the American Southwest during the Gold Rush and Civil War eras.


Professor Magliari, with Michael J. Gillis, is the co-author of John Bidwell and California: The Life and Writings of a Pioneer, 1841-1900 (Arthur H. Clark Company, 2003).  He is also a co-author of the revised fifth edition of The Elusive Eden: A New History of California (Waveland Press, 2020).  His most recent articles include “‘A Species of Slavery’: The Compromise of 1850, Popular Sovereignty, and the Expansion of Unfree Indian Labor in the American West” Journal of American History (December 2022) and “The California Indian Scalp Bounty Myth: Evidence of Genocide or Just Faulty Scholarship?” California History (Summer 2023).  His previous articles have appeared in scholarly anthologies as well as the Pacific Historical ReviewAgricultural History, and California History (please see attached c.v.).  In addition to numerous entries in the American National Biography and other encyclopedias, he has published over 70 book reviews in such journals as the Journal of American HistoryEthnohistory, Pacific Historical ReviewWestern Historical QuarterlyCalifornia HistoryAgricultural HistoryLabor History, American Studies Journal, Journal of the WestJournal of World History, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Journal of Military History, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Technology and Culture, Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, Southern California Quarterly, HistorianPacific Northwest QuarterlyWestern Legal History, and Public Historian.

Portrait of Michael Magliari