Natale Zappia

Assistant Professor of History
Department of History

Hoover 201
562.907.4200, ext. 4824
nzappia@whittier.edu
whittier.academia.edu/NataleZappia

 

 

 

 

Academic History

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz
M.A. Claremont Graduate University
B.S. Cornell University

Professor Natale Zappia specializes in colonial/early national North America with an emphasis on the early modern borderlands of the Atlantic World, Pacific Rim, and Native America. His research and teaching explores the intersection of continental trading networks, food pathways, and ecological transformations in colonial North America. You can explore more of his work at www.natalezappia.com.

Zappia is also working on several public history and community-based outreach projects related to California, food systems, and the American West, including efforts to promote the revitalization of the Los Angeles River (http://playthelariver.com/).

 

Selected Publications:

Traders and Raiders: The Indigenous World of The Colorado Basin, University of North Carolina Press, 2014 (Link to book: http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/11667.html)

"California Indian Historiography: From the Nadir to the Present," California History (Spring 2014)

“Captivity and Economic Landscapes in Native California,” in James Brooks and Bonnie Martin, eds., Uniting the Histories of Slavery (forthcoming, School of Advanced Research Press)

"Indigenous Borderlands:  Livestock and Power in the Native Far West," Pacific Historical Review (May, 2012)

"Reclaiming the Soil: Gardens and Communities in South Los Angeles," in Josh Sides, ed., Post Ghetto: Reimagining South Los Angeles, University of California Press (Fall, 2012)

"The United States and the World: A Globalized U.S. History Survey," (co-author) in Carl Guarneri and James Davis, eds., Teaching American History in a Global Context, M.E. Sharpe (2008)

The Many Faces of Edward Sherriff Curtis: A Collection of Portraits and Stories from Native North America (with Steadman Upham), University of Washington Press, 2006

 

Works in Progress:

Food Frontiers:  Indigenous and Afro-Eurasian Ecologies in Early America

 

Selected Grants and Fellowships:

Short-term Fellowship, New York Public Library (2014)

Mellon Fellowship, Huntington Library (2014)

Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society (2013)

Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Autry National Center (2013)

NEH Summer Research Stipend (2012)

Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Research Grant (2012)

Mellon Fellowship, Huntington Library (2011)

William Clark Memorial Library Fellowship (2010)

 

Recent Conferences and Presentations:

Autry National Center Teaching American History Workshop, “Pre-Contact Native California” (2014)

William and Mary Quarterly-Early Modern Studies Institute Workshop, “Revolutions in the Grass” (2014) (Link to workshop: http://oieahc.wm.edu/workshops/2014/index.html)

Autry National Center  Floral Journey Seminar, “Change and Continuity: Intertribal Trade on Material Culture” (2014) (Link to event: http://theautry.org/programs/lectures-seminars-discussions/change-and-co...)

National Council on Public History, “Intersecting Sustainable Urban Farming and Public History” (2014)

American Studies Association, “Food Deserts in the San Gabriel Valley” (2014)

CSUN Whitsett Annual Symposium, “Reimagining South Los Angeles”  (2013)

Southern Methodist University (SMU) Annual Public Symposium, “Captivity and Economic Landscapes in California and the Far West” (2013)

American Historical Association (AHA), “Empires through the Lens of Food” (2013)

Western Historical Association (WHA), “Indigenous Landscapes in the Far West Borderlands” (2012)

Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS),  “Teaching about Colonial Food Systems” (2012)

NEH Teaching American History Workshop, "Early Exploration in the American West" (2012)

Autry Western History Workshop, "Foodways in Colonial California" (2012)

 

Public History Projects: 

Programming/Outreach Committee, Play the LA River: playthelariver.org (2013-current)

Project Manager, Early California Cultural Atlas Project: http://www.ecai.org/ecca, Huntington Library (2009-current)

Visiting Scholar, NEH "Early California History" Workshop (2011)

 

Campus and Community Projects:

Whittier College Sustainable Urban Farm (SUrF) (2010-current)

Whittier Boys & Girls Club Garden Program (2011-2012)

Salvation Army Bell Shelter Garden Program (2011-current)

Executive Director, Garden School Foundation (2008-2010)

Master Gardener, University of California Extension Program (2007-current)