Social & Behavioral Sciences

David Arnold

Senior Professor of History

I love teaching at CBC! I have taught courses in US, World and Native American history here since 1998. I’ve written a book and articles about Native American history, among other things. I love research and writing, but my primary interest is teaching and learning, particularly how to effectively teach history to non-major undergraduates.


Ph.D., M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Washington State University

Exceptional Faculty Award, Columbia Basin College Foundation, 2018

Exceptional Faculty Award, Columbia Basin College Foundation, 2015

Exceptional Faculty Award, Columbia Basin College Foundation, 2014

NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award, Columbia Basin College, 2011

Exemplary Status Award, Washington Community Colleges Humanities Association, 2008

Exceptional Faculty Award, Columbia Basin College Foundation, 2007

Exceptional Faculty Award, Columbia Basin College Foundation, 2005

Dissertation Fellowship, Institute of American Cultures, UCLA, 1995-96.

Research Grant, Institute of American Cultures, UCLA, 1994-95.

Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA, 1994-95.

Leta Olmstead Smith History Scholarship, WSU, 1987-88

Phi Beta Kappa, 1988.


Pull Hard! Finding Grit and Purpose on Cougar Crew, 1970-2020 (Pullman: Washington State University Press, 2021).

The Fishermen’s Frontier: People and Salmon in Southeast Alaska, with a foreword by William Cronon. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008; Paperback 2011).  Nominated for the Weyerhaeuser Book Award, the Hal K. Rothman Book Award, and the George Perkins Marsh Award.


“The Last Stand: The Liberal Arts and Community Colleges,” Community College Humanities Review, 32 (Spring 2019): 34-41.

“Kill the Professor and Save the Teacher: Historians and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Part I” in The American Historian, Number 10 (November 2016), 10-15.

“Kill the Professor and Save the Teacher: Historians and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Part II” in The American Historian, Number 11 (February 2017), 28-34.

“How I Learned to Quit Whining and Started to Enjoy Teaching at a Community College” in Perspectives: Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association, vol. 43, no. 8 (November 2005), 25-27. <>

“Work and Culture in Southeastern Alaska: Tlingit Indians and the Industrial Fisheries, 1880s-1940s,” in Native Pathways: American Indian Culture and Economic Development in the Twentieth Century, edited by Brian C. Hosmer and Colleen O’Neill. (Boulder, Colo.: University Press of Colorado, 2004): 156-183.

Public History Publications

“The politics of fear: Response to ‘Was the relocation of West Coast Japanese racist?’” in Tri-City Herald,  31 January 2017, <>

“Professor outlines the facts behind the Arlene’s Flowers case,” in the Tri-City Herald, 14 November 2015, <>

“Founders at Odds Over Constitution," in the Tri-City Herald, 28 November 2010, E1.

"Christian Question Needs Clarification," in the Tri-City Herald, 21 February 2010, E1.

“Forgotten History can Help Resolve Current Conflict with Tribes,” in the Tri-City Herald, 12 September 2004, E1.

Reviews and Review Essays Published in Scholarly Journals

Book review of Staging Indigeneity: Salvage Tourism and the Performance of Native American History, by Katrina M. Phillips, in Journal of American Ethnic History, forthcoming, vol. 41, no. 3 (spring 2022).

Book review of Across the Shaman's River: John Muir, the Tlingit Stronghold, and the Opening of the North, by Daniel Lee Henry in Pacific Northwest Quarterly (forthcoming).

Book review of Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization, by Brian Fagan, in Pacific Historical Review (Fall 2018), 733-734.

Book review of The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It, by Leonard Cassuto, in Teaching History: A Journal of Methods, Volume XLI, Number 1 (Spring 2016): 53-55.

Book review of Native American Whalemen and the World: Indigenous Encounters and the Contingency of Race, by Nancy Shoemaker, in Western Historical Quarterly, (2016), doi: 10.1093/whq/whw120.

Book review of Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain West, by Jen Corrinne Brown, in The American Historical Review, 121: 2 (2016): 610.

Book review of Sharing Our Knowledge: The Tlingit and Their Coastal Neighbors, edited by Sergei Kan, in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Vol. 39, No. 4 (2015): 171-173.

Book review of A Dangerous Idea: The Alaska Native Brotherhood and the Struggle for Indigenous Rights, by Peter Metcalfe, in Western Historical Quarterly,Vol. 46(4) (2015): 516-517.

Book review of Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia, ed. by Robert T. Boyd, et. al., in Pacific Historical Review, 84:3 (August 2015): 386-388.

Book review of Indigenous Women and Work: From Labor to Activism, ed. by Carol Williams, in Journal of American History, 100:4 (March 2014): 1244-45.

Book Review of Aleut Identities: Tradition and Modernity in an Indigenous Fishery, by Katherine Reedy-Maschner, in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, vol. 36, no. 2 ( 2012): 161-163.

Book Review of The Huron-Wendat Feast of the Dead: Indian-European Encounters in Early North America, by Erik R. Seeman, in Teaching History, vol. 37, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 45-46.

Book review of The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States, by Mark Fiege, vol. 103, no. 1 (Winter 2011-2012): 36-37.

Book Review of Alaska’s Place in the West: From the Last Frontier to the Last Great Wilderness, by Roxanne Willis, published on H-Environment (May 2011).

Book Review of The U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest: A History, by Gerald W. Williams, in The Public Historian, vol. 33, no. 1 (February 2011): 115-116.

Book Review of The Oyster Question: Scientists, Watermen, and the Maryland Chesapeake Bay since 1880, by Christine Keiner, in Agricultural History, vol. 85, no. 1 (Winter 2011): 151-152.

Book Review of Shaping the Shoreline: Fisheries and Tourism on the Monterey Coast, by Connie Y. Chiang, in American Historical Review, vol. 115, no. 2 (April 2010): 553-554.

Book Review of Landing Native Fisheries: Indian Reserves and Fishing Rights in British Columbia, 1849-1925, by Douglas C. Harris, in The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, vol. IX, no. 4 (October 2009): 441-443.

Book Review of Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle, by Matthew Klingle, in Western Historical Quarterly, vol. 40 (Autumn 2009): 368.

Book Review of Bert Bender, Catching the Ebb. Drift-fishing for a Life on Cook Inlet, by Bert Bender, in The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord , vol. XIX, no. 2 (April 2009): 231-232.

Book Review of When the River Ran Wild! Indian Traditions on the Mid-Columbia and the Warm Springs Reservation, by George W. Aquilar, Sr., in Pacific Historical Review (Winter 2007): 106-107.

Book Review of Coming to Shore: Northwest Coast Ethnology, Traditions, and Visions, edited by Marie Mauzé, Michael E. Harkin, and Sergei Kan, in Western Historical Quarterly, vol. 37 (Autumn 2006): 378-379.

Book Review of Coquelle Thompson, Athabaskan Witness: A Cultural Biography by Lionel Youst and William R. Seaburg, in Pacific Northwest Quarterly, vol. 95 (Spring 2004): 105-106.

Book Review of Montana Legacy: Essays on History, People, and Place, edited by Harry W. Fritz, Mary Murphy, and Robert R. Swartout, Jr., published by H-WEST on the H-NET, March 2004.

Book Review of The West in the History of the Nation, edited by William F. Deverell and Anne F. Hyde, in Teaching History, vol. 28; no. 1 (Spring 2003): 48-49.

Book Review of The Coming of the Spirit of Pestilence: Introduced Infectious Diseases and Population Decline among Northwest Coast Indians, 1774-1874, by Robert Boyd, published by H-SHEAR (Society for the History of the Early American Republic) on the H-NET, September, 2000.

Book Review of Memory Eternal: Tlingit Culture and Russian Orthodox Christianity through Two Centuries, by Sergei Kan, in Western Historical Quarterly, vol. 31 (Fall 2000): 385-386.

Book Review essay on Natives and Academics: Researching and Writing about American Indians, edited by Devon A. Mihesuah, in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, vol. 23, number 2 (Summer 1999).

Book Review Essay on Rethinking American Indian History, edited by Donald L. Fixico, in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, volume 23, number 1 (Spring 1999).

Book Review of Inhabited Wilderness: Indians, Eskimos, and National Parks in Alaska, by Theodore Catton, in Public Historian, volume 21, number 1 (Winter 1999): 133-136.

Book Review of Saving the Salmon: A History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Efforts to Protect Anadromous Fish on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, by Lisa Mighetto and Wesley J. Ebel, in Pacific Historical Review, vol. 66 (February 1997): 123-124.

Book Review Essay on The Canoe Rocks:  Alaska’s Tlingit and the Euramerican Frontier, 1800-1912, by Ted C. Hinckley, in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, vol. 20 (Winter 1996): 201-214.