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Carrie Alexander M.A.


Carrie Alexander is a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. and Environmental History. Before coming to UC Davis, she spent ten years designing print and online media for diverse industries and public school education. She also lived in Japan for two years where she taught ESL. She was active in the Pikes Peak Immigration and Refugee Coalition and the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Society before moving from Colorado to pursue her Ph.D. She now studies the deep historical processes that have driven conflict over land, belonging, water, food, and energy in North America. She has worked with The History Project at UC Davis which serves the state of California in developing curriculum frameworks for the California public school system. She is a Mellon Public Scholar working with California Humanities to assess and visualize the impact of the public humanities in California. She is also a recipient of a Bancroft Library Summer Study Award for research on her dissertation.

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Research Focus

Dissertation: "Rush: Time, Haste, and Negotiations of Power in the U.S. and California, 1830-1860." Carrie Alexander's research maps the deeply gendered discourse of time, haste, and slowness which Euro-Americans performed, often violently, in attempts to justify their mobility and settlement and their claims to sovereignty over land, resources, and people in the nineteenth century U.S. The project explores the implications of this discourse for current debates on business ethics, artificial intelligence, immigration policy, human rights, and environmental justice.