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Richard White, Emeritus

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Richard White, Emeritus

Professor of American History
Margaret Byrne Professor of American History
United States
Ph.D., University of Washington
M.A., University of Washington
B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz

Richard White is an historian of the United States specializing in the American West, the history of capitalism, environmental history, history and memory, and Native American history.  His work has occasionally spilled over into Mexico, Canada, France, Australia and Ireland.

He is a MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of the Mellon Distinguished Professor Award.  His work has won numerous academic prizes, and he has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Selected Publications & Projects

Richard White, Emeritus
An acclaimed book and widely acknowledged classic, The Middle Ground steps outside the simple stories of Indian-white relations – stories of conquest...
Richard White, Emeritus
William Cronon
Sara Walsh was born in 1919 in the west of Ireland, in a land of storytellers. In prose that is neither history nor memoir but something larger and...
Richard White, Emeritus
In this pioneering study, White explores the relationship between the natural history of the Columbia River and the human history of the Pacific...



BackStory Interveiw: Historian Richard White and host Ed Ayers discuss the aspirations of most 19th-century Americans, and their wariness about great wealth.