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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
A centerpiece of the New History of the American West, this book embodies the theme that, as succeeding groups have occupied the American West and...
Richard White, Emeritus
"Richard White’s study of the collapse into ‘dependency’ of three Native American subsistence economies represents the best kind of interdisciplinary...
Richard White, Emeritus
Whidbey and Camano, two of the largest of the numerous beautiful islands dotting Puget Sound, together form the major part of Island Country. Taking...



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