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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 studies discourse and negotiation over land and resources in North America. She is currently the Web and Resources Specialist 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: "Buying Time: Negotiation, Sex, and Violence in Gold Rush California." Ms. Alexander's research maps the deeply gendered discourse of time, haste, and patience which Euro-Americans performed, often violently, in attempts to secure 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.


History of the United States, 1865-Present