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Christopher J. Castaneda

Research | Teaching | Publications | Professional Associations | CV



Contact Information



Office: Tahoe Hall 3094
Office Hours:

Tuesday 2-4:00 pm; and by appointment

E-mail: cjc [at] csus [dot] edu
Phone: (916) 278-6400


(916) 278-7476

Mailing Address:

Department of History
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6059

Web Page:

Chris J. Castaneda web page

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  • My current research is focused on the Spanish and Cuban anarchist cigar makers of late nineteenth through early twentieth century New York. I am particularly interested in the larger context of the transnational networks established by anarchists and cigar makers who lived and worked in New York, Tampa, Key West, Havana, and Spain; I am currently engaged in a research project that examines interconnecting themes of immigration, the cigar business, labor and radicalism.
  • I continue to explore issues related to my earlier research projects on the natural gas industry with a focus on gas pipelines and regulation. This work also feeds into the broader topics of natural resource history and environmental history.
  • A third area in which I'm interested and not totally unrelated to my current project is the history of mutual assistance and pension funds.

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Fall 2015

Hist 17b (6) U.S. History, 1877-Present

Hist 17b (9) U.S. History, 1877-Present

Spring 2016

Hist 17b (5) U.S. History, 1877-Present

Hist 281z (1) Readings in Special Topics (Immigration, Labor and Radicalism in the late 19th c.)

Hist 282c (1) Oral History seminar


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Selected Publications

River City and Valley Life: An Environmental History of the Sacramento Region, co-edited with Lee M.A. Simpson (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013)

"Recalling Rancho Seco: Voicing a Nuclear Past," in River City and Valley Life, co-edited with Lee M.A. Simpson (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013)

"Natural Disasters in the Making: Fossil Fuels, Humanity and the Environment," OAH Magazine of History (2011) 25 (4): 21-25.

Dedication. Vision. Heart: The CalPERS Story (The History Factory, 2007).

Keeping the Promise: A History of the California Department of Justice (Sacramento: California Department of Justice, 2006).

Edited a themed issue of Journal of the West on the topic of Energy in the West. (ABC-Clio: Santa Barbara, 2005).

"Natural Gas Pipelines and the National Historic Preservation Act," The Public Historian (Winter 2004) 26 (1): 105-21.

Natural Gas Comes to Iowa: What it Meant when the A-Line Arrived. Privately published booklet for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office for Section 106 compliance. December 2002.

Invisible Fuel: Natural and Manufactured Gas in American History, 1800-2000. (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1999).

Builders: Herman and George R. Brown (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1998). Co-authored with Joseph A. Pratt.

Offshore Pioneers: Brown & Root and the History of Offshore Oil and Gas (Houston: Gulf Publishing, 1997). Co-authored with Joseph A. Pratt and Tyler Priest.

Gas Pipelines and the Emergence of America's Regulatory State: A History of Panhandle Eastern Corporation, 1928-1993 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996). Co-authored with Clarance M. Smith.

From Texas to the East: A Strategic History of Texas Eastern Corporation. Co-authored with Joseph Pratt (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1993).

Regulated Enterprise: Natural Gas Pipelines and Northeastern Markets, 1938-1954 (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1993).


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Professional Associations
  • Business History Conference
  • Oral History Association
  • American Society for Environmental History
  • National Council on Public History
  • California Council for the Promotion of History



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Last updated: 08/16/2015