History Department

Shawn Schwaller


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.  


Dr. Schwaller received his Ph.D. in history from Claremont Graduate University in 2015. His work engages California history, questions around identity politics, race and ethnic relations, and popular culture. Among other things, he is currently working on a book project tentatively titled Under a Plastic Palm: Pacific Island Myths and Realities in Twentieth Century Metropolitan Los Angeles which explores the central 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.


"Trouble in Chinatown: Attempted Arson, Anti-Chinese Organizations, and Red Bluff's Chinatown, from the 1870s to the 1910s," Tehama County Memories, 2008, 95-105.

“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.

"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.
“Chicano Movement,” “Chinese Coolies and the California Gold Rush,” “Dust Bowl,” “Mexican Migrant Workers,” and “Serra, Junípero and the Franciscan Missions in Spanish California,” in Race and Ethnicity in the United States: From Pre-Contact to the Present. Russell M. Lawson ed. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, Forthcoming in 2018.
“The Music of Sunshine and Noir California: From ‘California Dreamin’’ to ‘Straight Outta Compton,’” in Teaching Popular Music in the Classroom. David Whitt ed. Jefferson: McFarland, Forthcoming in 2018.

Shawn Schwaller

Office: Trinity 208 

Phone: (530) 898-3122

Email: sschwaller@csuchico.edu