Dr. Alexander Olson
Assistant Professor, Honors Academy
Ph.D., American Culture, University of Michigan, 2013
M.A., History, University of Washington, 2005
B.A., History, Stanford University, 2002
Areas of Specialization
American Studies; U.S. History; Environmental Studies; Native American History; U.S. West and Borderlands; African American Studies; Cultural Geography; Gender and Sexuality; Visual Culture; Public Humanities.
Current Book Project
American Studies: A User's Guide (University of California Press, 2017). Co-authored with Philip J. Deloria.
“Ad Hoc American Studies: Michigan and the Hidden History of a Movement,” American Studies 55, no. 1 (2016): 107-131. Co-authored with Frank Kelderman.
“Muybridge in the Parlor,” Journal of American Studies 50, no. 1 (February 2016): 61-80.
“Citizen Stories: A New Path to Culture Change,” Public: A Journal of Imagining America 3, no. 1 (Spring 2015). Co-authored with Elizabeth Gish and Terry Shoemaker.
“‘You have rescued me from academicism’: Selections from the Correspondence of Henry Nash Smith and Mary Hunter Austin,” Southwest Review 96, no. 1 (Winter 2011): 50-65.
“Heritage Schemes: The Curtis Brothers and the Indian Moment of Northwest Boosterism,” Western Historical Quarterly 40, no. 2 (Summer 2009): 159-178. Winner of the Bert Fireman Award from the Western History Association.
“Our Leschi: The Making of a Martyr,” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 95, no. 1 (Winter 2003/04): 26-36.
Honors 251: Citizen and Self
Honors 300: What is Creativity? Originality in Modern American Culture
Honors 300: California in Experience and Imagination
History 240: U.S. History to 1865
History 352: American Borderlands and West
History 622: Graduate Seminar in American Borderlands and West
History 630: Graduate Seminar in Native Peoples of North America
Study Away/Study Abroad: Washington DC, San Francisco, Salish Sea
What Brought Me to the Honors College
I was drawn to the emphasis of the Honors College on student engagement. I believe students and faculty should be partners in the learning process and that undergraduate research is the bedrock of a successful college education. I teach Honors 251: Citizen and Self, both on campus in Bowling Green and through summer programs in Washington DC (2015 and 2017), San Francisco (2016), and the Salish Sea (2018). I also offer courses in the History department. Originally from Seattle, I live in Bowling Green with my wife Nicolette and son Igor.
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