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History | Robert Bauman

Robert Bauman

Associate Professor of History

WSU Tri-Cities



Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1998

Academic & Professional Interests

Bauman teaches American history and public history courses, including courses on the civil rights movement, immigration, migration and ethnic identity, and the Cold War. Bauman’s research interests are in the areas of race and ethnicity in the American West and poverty and public policy.


Bauman’s most recent publications include “Jim Crow in the Tri-Cities, 1943–1950,” Pacific Northwest Quarterly (Summer 2005), “The Black Power and Chicano Movements in the Poverty Wars in Los Angeles,” Journal of Urban History (January 2007), and “Kind of a Secular Sacrament,” Catholic Historical Review, April 2013. His latest book Race & The War on Poverty From Watts to East L.A.was published by the University of Oklahoma Press fall 2008.

Honors & Awards

Professor Bauman has been invited to present his research on the War on Poverty at prestigious academic institutions, including Dartmouth College, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University, and the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

His article on racial segregation in the Tri-Cities was given the Charles Gates Award for the best article to appear in the Pacific Northwest Quarterly in 2005.

Washington State University