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History | Jennifer Thigpen

Jennifer Thigpen

Associate Professor of History

Wilson-Short Hall 311

Course information


Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2007

Academic & Professional Interests

Professor Thigpen is a Nineteenth Century U.S. historian whose work focuses on women and gender, the U.S West, and Colonialism.

Honors and Awards

Western History Association’s Jensen-Miller Award for best  article in the field of women and gender in the North American West (2011)
Lerner-Scott Dissertation Prize Finalist (2008)
Chancellor’s Club Dissertation Fellowship(2006)
Mayers Fellowship, The Huntington Library (2005)


Island Queens and Mission Wives: How Gender and Empire Remade Hawai‘i’s Pacific World. University of North Carolina Press, Gender and American Culture Series (2014).

“Desperately Seeking Mary: Materializing Mary Richardson Walker, Missionary,” The Public Historian Vol. 34, No. 3 (Fall 2012): 68-81.

‘You Have Been Very Thoughtful Today’: The Significance of Gratitude and Reciprocity in Missionary-Hawaiian Gift Exchange” Pacific Historical Review (2010).

‘Something Wonderful is About to Happen’: Americans and the Open Frontier” ABC-CLIO’s Analyze Project (August 2008).

“Looking ‘West’–Perspectives on a Changing Nation, HOT Themes in American History Humanities Out There, UCI California History-Social Science Project and the Santa Ana Partnership (2007).