Social & Behavioral Sciences

Christopher Herbert

Professor of History

I teach the US survey courses (Hist 146, 147, and 148), World Civilizations (Hist 126, 127, and 128), and the History of the PNW (Hist 214). In my courses, I combine lectures with in-class activities like debates and discussions about historical issues and sources. I have also begun offering a version of Hist 146 based on deep-immersion role-playing games. 

I am also the faculty advisor for History Club. 


Ph.D., University of Washington
M.A., B.A., Simon Fraser University

Teaching & Learning Grant, 2014, 2017, 2018

Virtual Campus Committee Grant, 2014, 2015, 2017

Exceptional Faculty Award, 2016

Power and Identity


19th Century North America

Race and Gender

Gold Rush Manliness:  Race and Gender on the Pacific Slope.  Seattle:  University of Washington Press, 2018. 

The Society of Death and Anglo-American Conspiracy Theories in Gold Rush California, 1849 – 1858, in Conspiracy Theories in the United States and the Middle East: A Comparative Approach, edited by Michael Butter and Maurus Reinkowski (New York: de Gruyter, 2014).

"Life’s Prizes are by Labor Got: Risk, Reward, and White Manliness in the California Gold Rush” Pacific Historical Review. August 2011. Volume 80, No. 3.