Dr. Nancy J. Taniguchi





American West (including Pacific trade, Japanese Americans, California and Utah generally); U.S. legal history; mining history


Ph. D., American History, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1985.

Marriner Eccles Graduate Fellow, 1983-1985.

M.A., History, University of Utah, 1981.

B.A., Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1968, summa cum laude.


Archivist of the California Institute for Peruvian Studies (CIPS), a registered California non-profit. See www.cipstudies.org.



Necessary Fraud: Progressive Reform and Utah Coal. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1996.

Castle Valley, America: Hard Land, Hard-won Home. Utah State University Press, 2004.

WINNER, 2005 Best Book Award from the Utah State Historical Society

WINNER, 2006 Award of Merit, American Society for State and Local History

Book Chapters

"Stigmatizing Okies," in Gordon Morris Bakken, ed., California History: A Topical Approach (Arlington Heights, Ill.: Harlan Davidson, Inc., 2003).

"World War I, the American Interior, and Pacific Markets: A Look at Distant Impacts," Studies in Pacific History: Economic, Social and Political History (London: Ashgate/Variorum Publishers, 2002).

"Weaving A Different World: Women and the California Gold Rush," in Richard J. Orsi and Kevin Starr, eds., Rooted in Barbarous Soil: People, Culture, and Community

in Gold Rush California (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000). 22 published articles; 21 published book or exhibition reviews; 3 California history textbook peer reviews