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Nancy Quam-Wickham, Ph.D.

Professor Quam-Wickham has been Chair of the Department of History since 2005.  Her research interests include environmental, gender, and social history, oral history, history pedagogy, and assessment practices in higher education.  Prior to becoming department Chair, she was Editor of The History Teacher journal. She is a participant in the American Historical Association’s Tuning project, and has presented her work on Tuning in History at many professional meetings.

Professor Quam-Wickham is particularly interested in the impact of natural resource development and exploitation in the American West, including the Pacific Basin.  She is currently working on a study of whaling in the Pacific Ocean from the late 1700s to the mid-1900s.  She is also finishing an article on transforming the lower-division United States history survey course by embracing active learning pedagogies; see the Daily 49er story here and the links below for more information about Dr. Quam-Wickham’s “U.S. History Lab” class, in which students produced curriculum materials for at-risk high school history students in Long Beach Unified School District.  In her spare time, Professor Quam-Wickham enjoys traveling, sea-kayaking, hiking, and backpacking in the Sierras.



Selected Publications:

“Tuning the Introductory U.S. History Survey Course” (in progress, 2013)

“‘Another World’: The Metropolis and Working-class Culture in Los Angeles’ Blue-Collar Suburbs, 1920-1935,” in Making of the Metropolis: Los Angeles in the 1920s

edited by Bill Deverell and Tom Sitton (University of California Press, 2001)

“Re-reading Man’s Conquest of Nature: Work, Culture, and the Historical Construction of Masculinity in Western Extractive Industries,” Men and Masculinities (1999)

“‘Cities Sacrificed on the Altar of Oil’: Popular Opposition to Oil Development in 1920s Los Angeles,” Environmental History (1998)


Courses Taught:

Undergraduate Program

Lower-division: Recent U.S. History (History 173)

Upper-division core: Methodologies of History (History 301), Senior Seminar (History 499)

Upper-division electives: Men and Masculinities (History 309), American West (History 471), California (History 473), Recent American Environmental History (History 482). Preparing for a Career with a History B.A. (History 490).


Chair, Department of History

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
B.A.  San Francisco State University

Contact Information:
562 985-4431
Office: FO2-102
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd., MS 1601
Long Beach, CA 90840-1601