Damon Akins

Departments and Positions:
History, Associate Professor of History
Environmental Studies, Associate Professor of History
School Extension 316.2219
Oklahoma City University, BA, '93
University of California, Los Angeles, MA, '95
University of Oklahoma, PHD, '09

Research Interests

  • California
  • the American West
  • Native American History
  • Environmental History

Courses Taught

  • Indians in American History
  • American Frontiers
  • American Rivers
  • Urban Environmental History
  • Imperialism and Progressivism
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Cooking with History
  • U.S. History to 1877
  • U.S. History since 1877
  • History Research Seminar

Campus and Community Involvement

  • Education Studies Committee
  • Curriculum Committee

Notable Works

  • Book review: Kathleen L. Hull, Pestilence and Persistence: Yosemite Indian Demography and Culture in Colonial California, in Ethnohistory Vol. 58, no 1 (Winter 2011), 162-64.
  • “Good Fences Make Good Citizens: Toward an Environmental History of Southern California Indian Citizenship,” presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Western History Association, 13 – 16 October 2011, Oakland, California.
  • “Pioneer Nostalgia, the Spanish Fantasy Past, and the Emergence of the Mission Indian Federation, 1870-1920,” presentation at the annual Meeting of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, 19 May 2011, Sacramento, California.
  • current manuscript project: Siphoning Development: An Environmental History of the San Luis Rey River.