John Putman

San Diego State University

Professor Putman earned his B.A. in History at San Diego State University and received my Ph. D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2000. He is currently an Associate Professor at SDSU and a historian of the modern American West (late 19th and 20th centuries), particularly California and the Pacific coast states. His book, Class and Gender Politics in Progressive Era Seattle (University of Nevada Press, 2008) explores class and gender politics in the urban Northwest.  He has also published “’A Test of Chiffon Politics’: Gender Politics in Seattle, 1897-1917,” Pacific Historical Review (November 2000) and “Racism and Temperance: The Politics of Class and Gender in Late 19th-Century Seattle” Pacific Northwest Quarterly (Spring 2004).  His current research examines Pacific Coast expositions.  He is also interested in the cultural history of the 20th-century United States, in particular, science fiction film in the Cold War era, Star Trek, and politically-oriented music from the 1960s and 70s. His most recent publications are a chapter entitled, “Terrorizing Space: Star Trek, Terrorism, and History” in Star Trek and History (Wiley, April 2013) and an article entitled “To Boldly Go Where No History Teacher Has Gone Before” in The History Teacher (August, 2013). His current project, Fairs of the Far West: Pacific Coast Expositions and the Selling of a New West is currently under consideration for publication. Since Spring 2015 semester he also serves as the Director of SDSU’s International Business Program.