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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Lisbeth Haas

Lisbeth HaasLisbeth Haas is a professor of history and feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she also chairs the feminist studies department. Her research and writing consider colonialism, imperialism, and their legacies, focusing on the multiethnic populations of California, integrating a concern for how people define their own histories and legal rights, and favoring the placement of U.S. history within the context of the Americas. Her early writing, which includes Conquests and Historical Identities in California, 1769–1936 (1995), incorporates Mexican-American, urban, and agricultural history. Her most recent book is Pablo Tac, Indigenous Scholar Writing on Luiseño Language and Colonial History (2011), a biography with Luiseño artist James Luna of a young scholar born at Mission San Luis Rey who wrote a grammar, dictionary, and history while studying in Rome in the late 1830s. The book includes Tac's original manuscript in three languages as well as in English translation. Tac's scholarship offers extensive information about colonial California and is a source for her most recent book, Saints and Citizens: Indigenous Histories of Colonial Missions and Mexican California (2013), which examines the colonial history of California, especially that of the Chumash, Luiseno, and Yokuts as they reconfigured their societies after the Spanish invasion.