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Dr. Lee M. A. Simpson

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Courses :: Papers and Publications :: Research Projects :: Professional Associations ::
Grants and Awards

Contact Information


  • Associate Professor of History
  • Director Public History Program
  • Faculty Coordinator, North Central Information Center


Wednesday, 9:00-12:00 and by appointment






CSU, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6059

Current Courses ::

Additional Courses Taught ::

Papers and Publications ::


  • Paul J.P. Sandul and Lee M. A. Simpson, Fair Oaks, California. San Francisco: Arcadia, 2005.
  • Selling the City: Gender, Class and the California Growth Machine, 1880-1940. PPPalo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2004.
  • Lee M. A. Simpson, ed., Sacramento's Oak Park. San Francisco: Arcadia, 2004.
  • Lee M. A. Simpson, ed., East Sacramento. San Francisco: Arcadia, 2004.
  • Stearns County, Minnesota. Chicago: Arcadia, 2000.
  • Democratic Citizenship: Documents in the History of Democracy and Citizenship in America. New York: Forbes, 1999.


  • "Disney, Dodgers, and the Urban Design of Los Angeles" Reviews in American History (June 2005)
  • Review of Paul Hogan's The Failure of Planning in Pacific Historical Review (May 2004)
  • Review of Houston's Downtown Historic District, in Public Historian (Spring 2003)
  • Review of Max Kurillo and Erline Tuttle’s California's El Camino Real and Its Historic Bells, in Public Historian (Fall 2002).
  • Guest Editor, “Boosters in the West,” Special issue of Journal of the West (Fall 2003)
  • “Boosters and Businesswomen: Women and the Chamber of Commerce in California Cities, 1880-1930.” Journal of the West. (Fall 2003)
  • Review of Greg Hise and William Deverell’s, Eden by Design: The 1930 Olmsted-Bartholomew Plan for the Los Angeles Region, H-net Book Reviews, Published by H-California (December, 2000).
  • "Women, Real Estate, and Urban Growth: A Case Study of Two Generations of Women Property Owners in Redlands, California, 1880-1940,"California History, LXXVI (Spring 1997): 24-43.


  • “Museums and Public Memory: Whom do we Serve?" California Capitol Museum Visitor's Association, Sacramento, CA, January 21, 2005.
  • “Who Melted in the Melting Pot?: Immigration in America.” Salem Lutheran Church, Adult Education Forum, St. Cloud, MN Feb. 27, 2000.
  • “Better Homes in America: Gender, Capitalism and the 20th Century Urban Growth Machine, 1920-1940,” Northern Great Plains History Conference, St. Cloud, MN, October 6-9, 1999
  • “History and Memory: The Legacy of Japanese American Internment in World War II,” Women on Wednesday Program, St. Cloud State University Women’s Center, St. Cloud, MN, February 17, 1999
  • “Pearl Chase, Better Homes, and the Community Arts Association: the Capitalist Marketing of Santa Barbara, California, 1930-1950, National Conference on Policy History, St. Louis, MO, May 27-30, 1999
  • “Doing Local History: Research in the A. K. Smiley Public Library,” St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN, February 20, 1998
  • “Women, Real Estate, and the Capitalist Marketing of a California City: Redlands, California, 1880-1940,” Phi Alpha Theta Presentation, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN, September 30, 1998
  • "The Power of Property: Women Land Owners and Their Vision of Urban Growth,
    Redlands, California, 1880-1940,” Gender Symposium, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR, March, 1998
  • "Rethinking the Urban Growth Machine: Pearl Chase and the Santa Barbara Planning Vision," meeting of the Society of American City and Regional Planning History, Seattle, WA., October 24-26, 1997
  • "Contradictions in the Twentieth-Century Urban West,” Murray State University Colloquium, Murray, KY, February 28, 1997
  • "The Art of Research in Non-Traditional Libraries and Archives," Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR, November 14, 1996
  • "Images and Realities of the American West," Converse College Colloquium, Spartanburg, SC, January 22, 1996
  • "The Sunkist Archives: A Business Archive in Transition," annual meeting of the California Council for the Promotion of History, Ontario, CA, October 29, 1992

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Research Projects/Interests ::


  • city growth and urban planning in the American West
  • gender and the built environment
  • historic preservation and urban planning


  • Better Homes in America: Capitalism and Christianity in Collision


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Professional Associations ::



Grants and Awards ::


  • Eisenhower Professional Development Program, Minnesota Department of Education (2000-2001)
  • Faculty Research Grant, St. Cloud State University (2000-2001)
  • Humanities Graduate Student Research Grant Graduate Division, University of California, Riverside (1993-96)
  • Graduate Fellowship, Department of History, University of California, Riverside (1994-96)
  • Dissertation Research Travel Grant, Department of History, University of California, Riverside (1995-96)
  • Dissertation Research Grant, Graduate Dean, University of California, Riverside (1995-96)


  • Professor of the Year, Kappa Delta Pi, St. Cloud State University, 2000
  • President, Omicron Delta Kappa, Willamette University, 1989-90
  • Mortar Board, Willamette University, 1989-1990
  • Dean’s List, Willamette University, 1986-1990
  • Honor’s at Entrance, Willamette University, 1986
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