Damon Akins

Departments and Positions:
History, Assistant Professor of History
Environmental Studies, Co-Coordinator
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.