OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Carol L. McKibben

Portrait of Carol L. McKibben
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Carol L. McKibben teaches in the history department at Stanford University, where she also directs the public history and public service major. Her teaching and research interests focus on public history, ethnic and race relations, immigration (especially in urban California and the West), and gender and public policy. Before coming to Stanford, she directed the gender and development program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her first book, Beyond Cannery Row: Sicilian Women, Immigration, and Community in Monterey, California, 1915–99 (2006), considers the experiences of immigrant Sicilian fishing people in Monterey, with a focus on women's roles in the migration experiences of families. She is deeply interested in issues of immigration, especially in places where strategies of inclusion worked, such as military towns in the wake of the 1948 Truman executive order that mandated integration. Her public history project for Seaside, California—the base town connected to Fort Ord—informed her second book, Racial Beachhead: Diversity and Democracy in a Military Town (2011).

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