History Department

Shawn Schwaller

Teaching 

Dr. Schwaller teaches History 135 & Chicanx and Latinx Studies 135: Mexican Heritage in the U.S., History 341: The American Environment, and History 130: U.S. History. He has also taught History 230 & American Indian Studies 230: The American Indian. He previously taught for the Departments of American, Liberal, and African American Studies, and History at California State University, Fullerton, and the Department of History at University of California, Irvine. Schwaller has a Ph.D. in History and an M.A. in American Studies. During the 2020-2021 academic year he served on the ad hoc Ethnic Studies Committee at Chico State, a group that worked to determine which courses will count for the AB 1460 Ethnic studies requirement.   

His teaching specialties include 20th century U.S. history, American studies, California history, California studies, race and ethnic relations, and popular culture in the United States.  

Research 

Dr. Schwaller’s research is rooted in his interdisciplinary background in U.S. history and American studies. It engages California history and California studies, identity politics in the 20th century, race and ethnic relations, whiteness studies, far-right extremist movements, and popular culture.  

He is currently working on a chapter regarding the conflict over Junípero Serra statues in California after the Spanish missionary was named a saint in 2015 by the Catholic Church for a Routledge press anthology tentatively titled Fallen Monuments, Contested Memorials, and Dislodged Pasts. He is also currently writing a four-part series on the State of Jefferson secessionist movement in Northern California for A News Cafe, an independent news and journalism agency based in Redding, California.  

Publications

Articles & Book Chapters:

"In the Closet of Jefferson State - Part 3: Racism, White Supremacy, Neo-Nazis, Militias, & the State of Jefferson Proud Boys,"  A News Cafe, May 26, 2021. 

"In the Closet of Jefferson State – Part 2: Homophobic & White Christian Supremacist Hate.”  A News Cafe, April 28, 2021.  

“In the Closet of Jefferson State – Part 1: Economic & Social Realities in California’s Pro-Trump Secessionist Far North.”  A News Cafe, April 24, 2021. 

“The Music of Sunshine and Noir California: From ‘California Dreamin’’ to ‘Straight Outta Compton,’” in Popular Music in the Classroom: Essays for Instructors. David Whitt ed. Jefferson: McFarland, 2020. 

"Greetings from Bakersfield: Law Enforcement Corruption, White Supremacy, and Latinx Lives in California's Deep Red South,"Boom California, October 16, 2018. 

“A Careful Embrace: Race, Gender, and the Consumption of Hawai’i and the South Pacific in Mid-Century Los Angeles,” in Gendering the Trans-Pacific World. Catherine Ceniza Choy and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, eds. Boston: Brill Publishers, 2017, 366-388.

Encyclopedia Entries:

“Serra, Junípero and the Franciscan Missions in Spanish California,” in Race and Ethnicity in America: From Pre-Contact to the Present - Volume 1: Pre-Contact Through the American Revolution, Russell M. Lawson and Benjamin A. Lawson, eds. (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2019): 171-173.

“Chinese Coolies and the California Gold Rush,” in Race and Ethnicity in America: From Pre-Contact to the Present - Volume 2: Independence through the Civil War, Russell M. Lawson and Benjamin A. Lawson, eds. (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2019): 42-44.

“Dust Bowl,” in Race and Ethnicity in America: From Pre-Contact to the Present - Volume 3: Reconstruction through the Civil Rights Movement, Russell M. Lawson and Benjamin A. Lawson, eds. (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2019): 71-73.

“Mexican Migrant Workers,” in Race and Ethnicity in America: From Pre-Contact to the Present - Volume 3: Reconstruction through the Civil Rights Movement, Russell M. Lawson and Benjamin A. Lawson, eds. (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2019): 143-146.

“Chicano Movement,” in Race and Ethnicity in America: From Pre-Contact to the Present - Volume 4: Post-Civil Rights to the Present, Russell M. Lawson and Benjamin A. Lawson, eds. (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2019): 55-59.

Books Reviewed in Academic Journals:

Pasadena Before the Roses: Race, Identity, and Land Use in Southern California, 1771–1890. By Yvette J. Saavedra. (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2018) in Western Historical Quarterly, Winter 2019.

Shawn Schwaller

Office: Trinity 208 

Phone: (530) 898-3122

Email: sschwaller@csuchico.edu