History Department

Shawn Schwaller

Teaching 

 Dr. Schwaller teaches History 135/Chicano Studies 135: Mexican Heritage in the U.S., History 230/American Indian Studies 230: The American Indian, History 341: The American Environment, and History 130: U.S. History. 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. 

Research 

Dr. Schwaller received his Ph.D. in history from Claremont Graduate University. His work engages California history, questions around identity politics, race and ethnic relations, and popular culture.

He is currently working on a book manuscript titled Under a Plastic Palm: Pacific Island Myths and Realities in Twentieth Century Metropolitan Los Angeles. It explores the significant role played by the Los Angeles region in the startup and promotion of various twentieth century pop cultural trends related to Hawai’i and the South Pacific as well as the way in which Polynesians and Asian Americans from Hawai’i worked as agents of change as they navigated racialized and gendered stereotypes in the mainland U.S.

He is also working on a book-length project which explores the contemporary history of a variety of social issues in California’s Republican spaces.

Publications

Articles & Book Chapters:

“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, Forthcoming in 2020.

"Greetings from Bakersfield: Law Enforcement Corruption, White Supremacy, and Latinx Lives in California's Deep Red South,(opens in new window)" 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