a1 Georgetown University
My task for this retrospective was to discuss John Higham's treatment of region in Strangers in the Land, with particular reference to the American West. My analysis looks especially at race and imperialism. These choices reflect in part the interests and approaches of John Higham, but also the general direction of the field of western history in the twenty-first century.
Katherine Benton-Cohen is an associate professor of history at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She teaches courses in women's and gender history, the American West, and race and immigration. She is the author of Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands (2009) and is currently writing a book on the Dillingham Commission and Progressive Era America.