Patrick Ettinger

California State University, Sacramento

History Department

                         College of Arts and Letters


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"Looking Backward," by Joseph Keppler, Puck, January 11, 1893

William F. Cody with Sitting Bull, Dakota Chief, ca. 1880s

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Coordinator, Capital Campus Public History Program


3090 Tahoe Hall

Office Hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00, and Tuesdays 11:00-12:30

E-mail Address:

Office Telephone:

(916) 278-6589


(916) 278-7476

Mailing Address:

Department of History                              CSU, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6059

WPA poster, ca. 1936

Spring 2015 Classes

  • History 17b, United States since 1877
  • History 192a: Readings in American History
  • History 195/295: History Internship

Fall 2015 Classes

  • History 17b, United States since 1877
  • History 179: History of American Immigration
  • History 195/295: History Internship


Research and Teaching Interests

Immigration history, oral history, public history, and the history of the American West




Imaginary Lines: Border Enforcement and the Origins of Undocumented Immigration, 1882-1930 (University of Texas Press, 2009)

Finalist, William P. Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America (2009)

Southwest Book Award, Border Regional Library Association (2010)

Articles and Reviews:

Book Review, Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S. - Mexico Border, by Rachel St. John. The Americas, 69 (April 2013), 551-53.

Book Review, The Passport in America: The History of a Document, by Craig Robertson. The American Historical Review, 116 (October 2011), 1149-50.

Exhibition Review, “Angel Island Detention Barracks, United States Immigration Station,” Journal of American History, 97 (June 2010), 135-40.

Book Review, Catching Stories: A Practical Guide to Oral History, by Donna M. DeBlasio et al. The Public Historian, 32 (Spring 2010), 96-97.

Book Review, Southern Farmers and Their Stories:  Memory and Meaning in Oral History, by Melissa Walker. The Public Historian, 30 (Feb. 2008), 130–33.

Book Review, Driven Out:  The Forgotten War against Chinese Americans, by Jean Pfaelzer, Western Historical Quarterly, 39 (Autumn 2008), 365-66.

`We sometimes wonder what they will spring on us next':  Immigrants and Border Enforcement in the American West, 1882-1930," Western Historical Quarterly, 37 (Summer 2006).

Book Review, Preserving Western History, by Andrew Gulliford. The Public Historian, 28 (Fall 2006), 89-91 .

Book Review, Photographing Farmworkers in California, by Richard Steven Street. Agricultural History, 80 (Summer 2006), 380-81.

Book Review, Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide, by Peter Andreas.  Journal of American History, 89 (Sept. 2002), 729-30.

Tenacious Immigrants:  Crossing the Border, 1880-1930, Oscar J. Martnez, editor.  Border Heritage Booklet Series, 2002.


Bakken sod house, Milton, North Dakota, ca. 1895

Professional Associations

National Council on Public History

Organization of American Historians

Western History Association



Mexican vaqueros from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, pictured in Brooklyn, N.Y., ca 1894


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