OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Lisbeth Haas

Portrait of Lisbeth Haas
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Lisbeth Haas is a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and chaired the feminist studies department there between 2010 and 2014. Her work focuses on the history of California and the borderlands. Her first book, Conquests and Historical Identities in California (1995), examines successive histories of Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. rule, and the way indigenous peoples and settlers defined their claims to land and legal rights. Two subsequent books, Pablo Tac, Indigenous Scholar Writing on LuiseƱo Language and Colonial History (2011) and Saints and Citizens: Indigenous Histories of Colonial and Mexican California (2014), pursue the history of indigenous people in California during the Spanish colonial and Mexican periods, using an interdisciplinary approach and taking into account the histories of colonial Mexico and Latin America. Her interests, which inform her speaking topics, include indigenous and Native American history, the history of the U.S.-Mexico border, all aspects of California history, the history of immigration to California and the United States, civil rights history, and feminist labor history and biography. She is currently writing "Imogene," a book-length history of a working woman in the mid-twentieth century, paying particular attention to the impact of the spatial order and gendered world in which she lived.

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6/18 I have a book in progress with Nebraska on the subject. My coauthor Natale Zappia and I just had a panel on Indigenous Archives at the NAISA conference (Native American and Indigenous Studies Association) and there were quite a few archivists in the audience who wanted to pursue the subject. The book grows out of a conference Natale and I held at the American Philosophical Society in June 2017. We gathered scholars and archivist from the APS and elsewhere to discuss, among other things, the new relevance for tribes today of archives such as the APS, and the changing archival practices of that institution.