History | Peter Boag

Peter Boag

Professor and Columbia Chair in the History of the American West

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Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1988

Academic & Professional Interests

Professor Boag’s teaching and research focus on modern America, the American West and Pacific Northwest, the environment, and sexuality.


Professor Boag is currently working on two projects, one dealing with parricide and the American agrarian crisis, 1880-1910, and the other a history of lgbt people and the American West in the 20th century. He is the author of three books, Environment and Experience: Settlement Culture in Nineteenth-Century Oregon (University of California Press, 1992), Same-Sex Affairs: Constructing and Controlling Homosexuality in the Pacific Northwest (University of California Press, 2003), and Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past (University of California Press, 2011). The latter title won the 2013 biennial Ray Allen Billington Prize for the best book on American frontier history from the Organization of American Historians; was named an “Over the Rainbow Book” by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association in 2013; received the Honorable Mention from the Armitage-Jameson Book Prize Committee for the best book in Western American Women’s and Gender History, in 2012; and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards in 2012. Journal articles he has written have won the Oscar O. Winther Prize, the Joel Palmer Award, and honorable mentions for the Audre Lorde Prize and the Joan Jensen-Darlis Miller Prize.

Professor Boag served as the German Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen through the Fulbright Commission during the 2012-2013 academic year.