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Shiloh Green Soto

Shiloh Green Soto

WSU Vancouver



Ph.D., University of California Merced, 2024
M.A., University of California Merced, 2022
B.A., Humboldt State University, 2016
A.A., Coastline Community College, 2013

Research interests:

Public and applied history, digital humanities, critical and community archives, urban history, race and place, 20th Century American West


Dr. Shiloh Soto is a public historian of the 20th Century American West. Centering racialized workers, Shiloh’s research explores the consequences of the benevolence of public memory and sets out to ameliorate regional archives through an ethnic studies lens. Committed to publicly accessible historical research, her current work explores the liberatory possibilities of community archives through analysis of a community-engaged project she led in California’s rural San Joaquin Valley: a 100-page experiential guidebook on the City of Livingston, and a paired ethnic studies syllabus on digital archives and local history. These interdisciplinary digital humanities projects endeavor to put students in the driver’s seat of archival work and rethink how knowledge is produced. Her research has been primarily supported through community-engaged research grants from the Luce Foundation and various public humanities centers. Shiloh’s future research will take a critical archives approach to Vancouver’s labor, immigration, and social movement histories.


Dr. Franklin and Dr. Mudd Receive Grant

Robert Franklin (PI) and Phil Mudd (DTC, WSU Tri-Cities – Co-PI) received funding for the Documenting Undertold Narratives of the Manhattan Project at Hanford P24AC01008-00 Grant. The goal of the project is to marry archival holdings and oral histories with contemporary interviews to produce a series of podcasts documenting undertold narratives of the Manhattan Project, focusing on Tribal perspectives, African Americans, women, atomic bomb survivors, downwinders, and LGBTQ project workers.  The project is currently funded for $67K through 12/2026

Dr. Gaynair Presents at Conference

Marlene Gaynair presented her paper “Xavier Leads Sepia Brigade as Race Stars Dominate Relays” HBCU Triumphs and the Rise of Jamaican Sprinting Excellence at the Penn Relays at the 2024 Annual Conference of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) in Denver, Colorado on May 26th, 2024.

Dr. Heidenreich Presents at National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies

L Heidenreich presented “’Never Grow Weary My Sisters’: The Deep and Liberatory Roots of Women Religious and the United Farm Worker Movement,” at the annual conference of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. They accepted a position as regional representative of the Pacific Northwest for the same organization.

Dr. Overtoom Book Proposal Approved

Oxford University Press has approved Nik Overtoom’s book proposal “King of Kings” for publication. This book continues the interdisciplinary methodology of his first book with OUP, “Reign of Arrows,” by considering the struggles of the Parthians and Romans to conquer and secure the Near East in the 100s-50s BCE through the analysis of a variety of sources and the interpretations of international relations theory.

Dr. Miller Wins Award

Brenna Miller was awarded the 2024 Learning Communities Excellence Award from First-year Programs. This award recognizes her continuing work to support first-year students in her History 105 course using multiple venues and activities.