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Connie Y. Chiang

Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies

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Hubbard Hall - 21

Current teaching schedule available on the public course finder.

Connie Chiang


Ph.D., History, University of Washington (2002)
M.A., History, University of Washington (1997)
B.A., History & Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara (1996)

I have wide-ranging research interests in modern American history, including environmental history, the history of the American West, and social history, particularly race, ethnicity, gender, and labor. My first book, Shaping the Shoreline: Fisheries and Tourism on the Monterey Coast, has been published in the University of Washington Press's Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books Series (edited by William Cronon). more »

My current book project, Nature Behind Barbed Wire: An Environmental History of the Japanese American Incarceration, explores how the natural world shaped the confinement of over 110,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II.

Shaping the Shoreline: Fisheries and Tourism on the Monterey Coast. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008.

"Winning the War at Manzanar: Environmental Patriotism and the Japanese American Incarceration." In Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics, edited by Marguerite S. Shaffer and Phoebe S.K. Young, 237-262. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.

"Race and Ethnicity in Environmental History." In Oxford Handbook of Environmental History, edited by Andrew C. Isenberg, 573-599. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

"National Unity and National Discord: The Western Homefront during World War II." With Charles Dorn, Associate Professor of Education, Bowdoin College. Theme Issue on Teaching the American West, Journal of the West 49, no. 3 (Summer 2010): 41-60.

"Imprisoned Nature: Toward an Environmental History of the World War II Japanese American Incarceration." Environmental History 15, no 2 (April 2010): 236-67.

"The Nose Knows: The Sense of Smell in American History," in "Roundtable: The Senses in American History." Journal of American History 95, no. 2 (September 2008): 405-16.

"Novel Tourism: Nature, Industry, and Literature on Monterey's Cannery Row." Western Historical Quarterly 25, no. 3 (Autumn 2004): 309-29.

Shaping the Shoreline: Fisheries and Tourism on the Monterey CoastWestern Historical Quarterly Cover Pacific Historical Review Cover

"Monterey-by-the-Smell: Odors and Social Conflict on the California Coastline." Pacific Historical Review 73, no. 2 (May 2004): 183-214.

"Connie Y. Chiang on 'Mother Nature's Drive-Thru.'" Environmental History 8, no. 4 (October 2003): 670-74.

17 mile drive at pebble beach advert