2018 President: Donald Fixico


Born and raised in Oklahoma, I am Shawnee, Sac and Fox, Mvskoke Creek and Seminole. I started at Bacone Jr. College, then transferred to the University of Oklahoma, where I earned a BA, MA and a Ph.D. in History. I am a first generation college graduate and the first high school graduate in my family. Presently, I am a Distinguished Foundation Professor of History, Distinguished Scholar of Sustainability in the Wrigley School of Sustainability, and Affiliate Faculty in American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. My Mvskoke grandmother disliked laziness and she instilled a hard work ethic in me. A love for research and writing has led to faculty positions at four universities and visiting professorships at seven universities (including University of Nottingham in England and the Frei University in Berlin, Germany). I learned a lot from postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA and The Newberry Library in Chicago. Good fortune has allowed me to work with more than two dozen masters and doctoral students. Over the years, I have worked on 20 historical documentaries, and I am the author and editor of fifteen books. The most recent ones are Thats What They Used To Say”: Reflections on American Indian Oral Traditions (2017), and an edited volume, Indian Treaties in the United States (2018). In 2000, President Clinton appointed me to the Advisory Council for the National Endowment for the Humanities. I have been a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians since 2002. In 2010, I received a National Museum of the American Indian Award of Achievement in History and Education. I have lectured throughout the U.S. and in Canada, China, Japan, Germany, England, Finland, Peru, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands. When I changed from a chemical engineer major to history as an undergraduate, I wanted a better understanding of Indians, our histories and cultures. I learned to build bridges of understanding and as one of the few Indian doctoral students in History during the late 1970s, I found the Western History Association welcoming and many western historians encouraged me. Since then I have dedicated my career to advance the understanding of American Indians, all people of color, and the West that I am a part of. The Western History Association is an organization where you can just be yourself. The WHA is like a family to me and my best friends are western historians.

2018 Program & Conference Photos

View the 2018 Conference Program by clicking on the program cover.

View the 2018 WHA Conference Program Errata

View the 2018 Call for Papers: "Race and Ethnicity in the American West"

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WHA 2018 Leadership


2018 Program Committee


Kent Blansett (Co-Chair), University of Nebraska at Omaha

Farina King (Co-Chair), Northeastern State University 
Erika M. Bsumek, University of Texas-Austin
Quin'Nita Cobbins, University of Washington 
B. Erin Cole, Minnesota Historical Society
Sandra Enríquez, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Jason Heppler, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Robert (Bob) F. Jefferson, Jr., University of New Mexico
Laura K. Muñoz, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Keith Carlson, University of Saskatchewan 
Joshua Reid, University of Washington
Brent Rogers, Joseph Smith Papers
Gregory E. Smoak, University of Utah
Brianna Theobald, University of Rochester
Lindsey Passenger Wieck, St. Mary's University-San Antonio




2018 Local Arrangements Committee

 

 Brian S Collier, University of Notre Dame (Co-Chair)

 Billy Kiser, University of Texas at San Antonio (Co-Chair)
 Angelica Docog, Institute of Texan Cultures, UT San Antonio 
 Michael Duchemin, Briscoe Western Art Museum
 Francis Galan, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
 Gilberto Hinojosa, University of the Incarnate Word
 Todd Kerstetter, Texas Christian University
 Amy Porter, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
 Omar Valerio-Jimenez, University of Texas at San Antonio
 Teresa Van Hoy, St. Mary's University-San Antonio
 Edward Westermann, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
 Richard Bruce Winders, The Alamo

2018 Call for Papers: Re-imagining Race and Ethnicity in the West

From October 17-20, 2018 the Western History Association will meet in San Antonio, Texas and the theme is “Reimagining Race and Ethnicity in the West.” The program committee invites papers and presentations that explore the historical origins, legacy, and construction of race and ethnicity in the North American West. We especially welcome panels that address the complex intersections of race, gender, class, and ethnicity from a variety of perspectives. Fundamental to histories of race and ethnicity are issues of authority, and considering recent events, this warrants a very timely and meaningful conference theme. Histories of race and ethnicities remain vital to any understanding of Western history. Social, cultural, and political movements have often prompted social change, reform, and the expansion of democracy. San Antonio, a city once steeped in Davy Crockett’s revolutionary spirit, is complicated by a history in which Tejanos, Mexicans, and Americans sacrificed their lives for independence. Originally, the Payaya Nation referred to this place as Yanaguana, or “refreshing waters.” Later, Spanish settlers changed the Indigenous name to San Antonio, after patron Saint Anthony of Padua, a Saint devoted to the recovery of lost items. San Antonio’s rich history is central to the conference theme. Throughout the centuries, this region has witnessed a collision of empires, numerous wars, and systems of colonization—a place known for its tragedies, victories, and second chances. As our host site for the 2018 WHA conference, San Antonio represents a place of convergence where historians can recover the significance and stories of how race and ethnicity transformed the West.


In addition to traditional paper sessions, we welcome submissions that integrate creative formats and seek to expand conference participation through invitations to scholars, teachers, students, and the public. We request full session submissions, and will consider individual papers. All panel submissions must designate one person as their main contact. The program committee assumes that every presenter listed in a proposed session has consented to participate in the conference.

2018 Exhibitors

Adam Matthew Digital
Arizona Historical Society
Center for the Study of the American West
Online Journal of Rural Research and Policy
Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Coalition for Western Women's History
Montana Historical Society
Mormon History Association 
New Mexico Historical Review
North Dakota State University Press
Oxford University Press
St. Mary's University 
Texas A&M University Press
Texas Tech University Press
University of Arizona Press
University of California Press
University of Nebraska Press
University of Nevada Press
University of New Mexico Press
University of North Carolina Press
University of Oklahoma Press
University of Texas Press
University of Washington Press
University Press of Colorado
University Press of Kansas
Western History Association 
Western Writers of America
Yale University Press

2018 Sponsors

The Alamo

Department of History, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Public History Program, Arizona State University

School of Historical, Philosophical, & Religious Studies, Arizona State University

Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

Better Way Foundation

Bexar County Historical Commission

Department of History, Boise State University

Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University

Briscoe Western Art Museum

The Papers of William F. Cody, Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Public Lands History Center, Colorado State University

Center for the American West, University of Colorado Boulder

Public History Program, University of Colorado Denver

Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

The Huntington Library

Knox Robinson Films

Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Resources – Western Region

Marriott Library, University of Utah
Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska

College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Department of History, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Dr. C.C. and Mable L. Criss Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha

University of Nebraska Press

Public History Program, University of Nevada at Las Vegas

Center for the Southwest, University of New Mexico

University of North Carolina Press

Public History Program, Oklahoma State University

Department of History, University of Oklahoma

Western History Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries

Department of History, Penn State University

George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, Penn State University

Department of History, Southern Methodist University

William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University

St. Mary’s University Public History Program

Department of History, University of Texas at Austin

Institute for Texas Cultures, University of Texas at San Antonio

Arts & Humanities Department, Texas A&M University - San Antonio

AddRan College of Liberal Arts, Texas Christian University

Department of History, Texas Christian University

American West Center, University of Utah

American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming

Department of History, University of Wyoming

University of Wyoming Libraries

Beinecke Library, Yale University



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