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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 an affiliate of the Mellon Initiative in Comparative Border Studies and the Environments and Societies Mellon Research Initiative, and has recently presented her work at the 2017 Migration and Militarization Conference sponsored by the Critical Refugee Studies Collective which has been generously funded through a $1.6 million grant by the University of California Office of the President.

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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 immigration policy, human rights, and environmental justice.