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Christopher J. Castañeda

Research | Teaching | Publications | Professional Associations | CV



Contact Information



Office: Tahoe Hall 3094
Office Hours:

MW 3:00-4:00; R 3:30-4:30 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 transnational Hispanic networks, migrations and anarchist print culture.
  • Issues related to energy and society. I am particularly interested in the historical development of natural gas and oil regulatory policy.
  • The history of mutual assistance and pension funds.
  • I also continue to work as a public historian, particularly in the areas of oral history, family history and organizational history.

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Fall 2019

Hist 17b   U.S. History, 1877-Present

Hist 280z Graduate Reading Seminar - Special Topic: "Hacer las Americas"


Spring 2020

Hist 17b   U.S. History, 1877-Present

Hist 136  Spanish Civil War

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Selected Publications

Writing Revolution: Hispanic Anarchism in the United States, co-edited with Montse Feu (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2019).

"'The Air Still Rings with the Excitement of Spanish Life': Ybor City and the Cuban Cigar," in Paul Ashton and Alex Trapeznik (eds), What is Public History Globally?: Working with the Past in the Present (New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2019).

“'Yours for the revolution': Cigar Makers, Anarchists and Brooklyn’s Spanish Colony, 1878-1925," in Hidden Out in the Open: Spanish Migration to the United States (1875-1930) Co-edited by Phylis Martinelli and Ana Varela-Lago (University of Colorado Press, 2018).

"Times of Propaganda and Struggle: El Despertar and Brooklyn's Spanish Anarchists, 1890-1905," in Tom Goyens, ed.Radical Gotham: Anarchism in New York City frrom Schwab's Saloon to Occupy Wall Street (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017.

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," inRiver 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, co-authored with Joseph A. Pratt (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1998).

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, co-authored with Clarance M. Smith (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996).

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
  • Latin American Studies Assocition
  • Business History Conference
  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Society for Environmental History
  • National Council on Public History
  • California Council for the Promotion of History
  • Others....



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Last updated: 07/07/2019