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Christopher J. Castaneda

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Contact Information



Office: Tahoe Hall 3094
Office Hours:

Tuesday 1:30-4:30; 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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  • HIST 17B: U.S History, 1877-Present
  • HIST 164: History of American Capitalism
  • HIST 165: American Environmental History
  • HIST 203: Public History Principles and Techniques

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Research (current project)
  • Spanish immigrants.
  • Pension fund investment policies.
  • Energy history: natural gas pipeines.

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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: 07/16/2014