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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Rachel St. John

Rachel St. JohnRachel St. John is an associate professor of history at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on North American history with a particular emphasis on state formation and nation building in the nineteenth century. She is the author of Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border (2011). Her current book project, “The Imagined States of America: The Unmanifest History of Nineteenth-century North America,” explores the diverse range of nation-building projects that emerged across the continent during the nineteenth century. Originally from California, she taught at New York University and Harvard University before joining the faculty at the University of California, Davis in 2016.

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