Exam fields in North American West (Joshua Reid), Twentieth Century US History (Moon-ho Jung), Environmental History of North America and the Pacific (Linda Nash), Peoples and Mobility in Latin American History (Adam Warren)
Preliminary dissertation title: "Gateway Cities: Seattle and Vancouver in the Pacific, 1896-1939"
Madison Heslop's dissertation examines the connected histories of Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. Into the 1930s, many of Seattle and Vancouver’s residents were coastal people whose lives were entwined with the water. United by the Salish Sea, the relationships of these cities to one another and to the Pacific in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are best observed at the site of the urban waterfront. In adopting this attitude, “Gateway Cities” reorients the orthodox land-based approaches to urban history and the regional study of the North American West to the water in order to better understand the place of North America in the Pacific.