Carol Lynn McKibben

Portrait of Carol Lynn McKibben

Carol Lynn McKibben is an Affiliate Scholar and Lecturer for the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University and has been teaching courses in California history, Urban history and Immigration history for the Department of History and Urban Studies at Stanford University since 2006. She has engaged in numerous community-based research projects on the Monterey Peninsula for thirty years. Her latest book is SALINAS: A History of Race and Resilience in an Agricultural City (2022).  She also authored Beyond Cannery Row: Sicilian Women, Immigration, and Community in Monterey, 1915-1999 (2006), which placed women at the center of a transnational migration story that focused on the ways migration re-shaped Sicilian fishing families as they moved back and forth from villages in Sicily to Monterey, California and, at the same time, altered the character of the city over the course of the twentieth century. 

McKibben served as Director of the Seaside History Project from 2005-2012. Her book Racial Beachhead: Diversity and Democracy in a Military Town (2012) showed how federal investment and diversity of personnel stationed at nearby Fort Ord transformed a small community, Seaside, into an important center of civil rights activism in California. She is currently engaged in a new book project:  "Water Politics in an Age of Drought on the Central Coast of California," which is part of a larger project at Stanford's Bill Lane Center on Environment and the West .

*NEW IN 2022:  SALINAS: A History of Race and Resilience in an Agricultural City (Stanford University Press)

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