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Madison Heslop

Doctoral Candidate
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M.Sc., American History, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2015
B.A., American Studies, Purdue University, 2014
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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"

My dissertation examines how the relationships between Seattle and Vancouver and to Pacific networks  manifested in the early twentieth century. The project looks at these cities as entangled maritime sites on the edge of competing formulations of “the Pacific”—places where the various Pacifics of transpacific Asian migrants, Canadian and US officials, and a range of Indigenous peoples from the North American continent and Oceania bump up against one another. The intent of the project is to contribute to a better understanding of the place of North America—especially the trans-border area defined by the Salish Sea—in the Pacific.


Fulbright U.S. Student Grant, 2018-2019
U.S. History Scene Summer Historical Writing and Research Fellowship, 2018
John and Mary Ann Mangels Endowed Fellowship for Public History, 2018
Western History Association Graduate Student Prize, 2017
Simpson Center for the Humanities DHSI Fellowship, 2016
Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest Recruitment Fellowship, 2015-2016

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