MacArthur Fellows Program

Richard White

Historian | Class of 1995

Seattle, Washington
48 at time of award
Area of Focus
American History

Richard White is a scholar whose field of research is the history of North America.

Land Use, Environment, and Social Change in a Western County, Island County, Washington, 1790-1940 (1980), was one of the first small-scaled studies of ecological change produced by environmental historians.  His second book, The Roots of Dependency: Subsistence, Environment, and Social Change Among the Choctaws, Pawnees and Navajos (1983), wove together issues of land use, environment, and Native-American culture.  The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region 1650-1815 (1991) explored the early days of the Western expansion.  He is also the author of a textbook entitled “It’s Your Misfortune and None of My Own”: A History of the American West (1991) and of The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River (1995).

White is the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University, where he has taught since 1998.  He was previously on the faculty of the Department of History at the University of Washington.

White received a B.A. (1969) from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1975) from the University of Washington.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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