Richard White (historian)

Richard White (born 1947) is an American historian, two-time winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, past President of the Organization of American Historians, and the author of books about the American West, Native American history, the United States in the Gilded Age, railroads, capitalism, and environmental history. He is the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History Emeritus at Stanford University. Earlier in his career, he taught at the University of Washington, University of Utah, and Michigan State University.

He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington.[1]

White was founding director of Stanford's Spatial History Project, which implements digital technologies and analyses to illuminate patterns and anomalies for research purposes.

He was chosen for the MacArthur Fellows Program in 1995, and was elected a Member of the American Philosophical Society in 2016.[2]


  • Land Use, Environment, and Social Change: The Shaping of Island County, Washington. University of Washington Press, 1979. ISBN 0-295-95691-7 (hardback); ISBN 0-295-97143-6 (1992 paperback).
  • The Roots of Dependency: Subsistence, Environment, and Social Change Among the Choctaws, Pawnees, and Navajos. University of Nebraska Press, 1983. ISBN 0-8032-4722-2; ISBN 0-8032-9724-6 (1988 paperback).
  • The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815. Cambridge University Press, 1991. ISBN 0-521-37104-X (hardback); ISBN 0-521-42460-7 (paperback).
  • "It's Your Misfortune and None of my Own": A History of the American West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1991. ISBN 0-8061-2366-4.
  • The Frontier in American Culture: An Exhibition at the Newberry Library, August 26, 1994-January 7, 1995, with Patricia Nelson Limerick, edited by James Grossman. University of California, 1994. ISBN 0-520-08843-3; ISBN 0-520-08844-1 (paperback).
  • The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River. New York: Hill and Wang, 1996. ISBN 0-8090-1583-8.
  • Remembering Ahanagran: A History of Stories. New York: Hill and Wang, 1998. ISBN 0-8090-8072-9.
  • "Corporations, Corruption, and the Modern Lobby: A Gilded Age Story of the West and the South in Washington, D.C.", Southern Spaces, 16 April 2009. online
  • Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2011. ISBN 978-0-393-06126-0 (cloth).
  • The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 (Oxford History of the United States, 2017).
  • California Exposures: Envisioning Myth and History, with photographs by Jesse Amble White. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2020. ISBN 978-0393243062 (cloth).
  • Who Killed Jane Stanford: A Gilded Age Tale of Murder, Deceit, Spirits and the Birth of a University W. W. Norton & Company, 2022. ISBN 978-1324004332

Awards and honors


  1. ^ Stanford University, Department of History, faculty, accessed October 8, 2007
  2. ^ "Newly Elected - April 2016 | American Philosophical Society". Archived from the original on 13 May 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2022.

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