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History | Ryan Booth







PhD Candidate

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Ryan W. Booth, ABD

Pullman, Washington 99163

  • Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Ph.D. History, in progress

Dissertation: “Crossed Arrows: The US Indian Scouts, 1866-1947.

Committee: Peter Boag (chair); Sherry L. Smith; Jennifer Thigpen, Robert McCoy

  • Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA, M.A., History, 2011

Master Thesis: Impetuous Desire: The History of Kettle Falls (1825-1860)

  • Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, B.A., History, 2001

Senior Thesis: Indian Boarding School Curriculum



US-India Educational Foundation (Fulbright Commission), New Delhi, India

Fulbright-Nehru Fellow, August 2019-May 2020

  • Will Research archival materials at various archives located in Kolkata, New Delhi, and Guwahati about British India and the impact on indigenous populations particularly in Assam. Will present research at academic conferences in India. Will act as a cultural ambassador for the US to build mutual understanding between the US and India.

Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

PhD Candidate, August 2016-present

  • Graded course assignments for introductory history courses. Prepared and provided lectures for selected sessions. Provided timely feedback and personal in-office meetings for all students. Organized and executed archival research trips across the US in preparation for dissertation writing. Prepared and delivered conference presentations based on original research at national conferences.

Wenatchee School District 246, Wenatchee, Washington

Paraeducator, August 2015-April 2016

  • Earned praise for teaching effectiveness of special needs students at Wenatchee High School. Partnered with students, parents and administration supporting successful outcomes. Performed one-on-one special needs’ instruction for reading, writing and mathematics coursework and mentored other students.

Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, Washington

History Instructor, September 2014-December 2014

  • Provided quality academic program leadership supporting US history curricula development. Collaborated with students by keeping them motivated and focused. Encouraged thought-provoking discussions, challenging coursework and stimulating exercises to support student literacy engagement.

Heritage University, Toppenish, Washington

History Instructor, January 2007-May 2014

  • Commended for well-organized, innovative and student-centered curriculum focused on stringent scholastic college requirements, serving both graduate and undergraduate programs. Inspired students to embrace lifelong learning and provoked student critical thinking while emphasizing academic honesty and proper citation of sources. Participated in professional conferences and proactively met with colleagues to deploy new teaching methods.



Article: “’Fort Keogh’s Commissary: A Global Market on the Great Plains” in Montana: The Magazine of Western History (forthcoming).

Book review: Indians in the United States and Canada: A Comparative History, 2nd edition in New Mexico Historical Review (forthcoming)

Book review: The Modoc War: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America’s Gilded Age in Pacific Northwest Quarterly (Spring 2019)

Book review: Hang Them All: George Wright and the Plateau Indian War in COLUMBIA: The Magazine of Northwest History (Winter 2016-17)

Book review: Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the US Army and the Invasion that Opened the West on H-Net (



Fulbright U.S. Student Programs, Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship, Washington, DC/New Delhi, 2019-2020



National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship, Walla Walla, WA, 2018, $2100

Arizona Historical Society Research Grant, Arizona Historical Society, Tucson, AZ, 2019, $1500

Muckleshoot Tribal Scholarship, Muckleshoot Tribe, Auburn, WA, 2018-2019, $2500

James H. Bradley Fellowship, Montana Historical Society, Helena, MT, 2018, $3000

Western History Association Graduate Student Prize, Omaha, NE, 2018, $750

Western History Association Indian Student Scholarship, Omaha, NE, 2018, $500

American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2018-2019, $4000

Washington Indian Gaming Association Scholarship, Olympia, Washington, 2018-2019, $3,000

Creighton Endowment for Graduate Fellowships, Pullman, WA, 2018-2019, $3000

American Indian Endowed Scholarship, Olympia, WA, 2018-2019, $1300

Russell F. Weigley Graduate Student Travel Grant Award, Lexington, VA, 2018, $1000

American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2017-2018, $4000

Washington Indian Gaming Association Scholarship, Olympia, Washington, 2017-2018, $3,150

Claire Raaum Scholarship, Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2017, $1000

Research Assistantship for Diverse Scholars (RADS), Pullman, Washington, 2016-2017, $24,000

American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2016-2017, $2,500


“’They Are Always at the Front,’ Native American Soldiers in the Great War,” Yakima Valley Museum and Heritage University, Yakima, Washington, 2018.

The Long Red Power Movement,” Heritage University, Toppenish, Washington, 2018.

“’They Are Always at the Front,’ Native American Soldiers in the Great War,” Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, 2017.

“Steptoe’s Defeat,” WSU ROTC Cougar Battalion Staff Ride, Rosalia, WA, 2017.



“Sinixt,” produced by Derrick LaMere, 2019. The film documents the Native American tribe near Kettle Falls, Washington, which was the focus of my MA thesis.

“Buffalo Soldiers of the Pacific Northwest,” produced by Dru Holley, 2019. The film documents the history of the African American soldiers who served in the US West during the Indian Wars until World War I.

“Washington State Scholar Studying Indian Scouts at MC’s Fort Keogh,” by Travis Kale, Miles City Star, January 21, 2019, A1.

“Historian Collecting Stories, Artifacts of Northern Cheyenne Scouts at Fort Keogh in Miles City,” by Susan Olp, Billings Gazette, January 7, 2019.




Papers Presented

2018 “”Radical Republicans and the Quest to Change the West: A Case Study of James Sanks Brisbin.” (Western History Association Annual Conference)

“Catalyst for Conflict: Martial Race Theory & Native Americans in the Great War” (Society for Military History Annual Conference)

2017 “A Force of Indians: US Indian Scouts in World War I” (Western History Association Annual Conference)

Panels Organized

2017 Indigenous Soldiers Within Empire (Western History Association Annual Conference)

2018 Transformative Experiences of War (Western History Association Annual Conference)

Panels Chaired

2016 Roots of Contemporary Issues Conference (WSU Annual Conference)



Trustee, 2016-2018

Humanities Washington



President, 2018-2019

History Graduate Student Association, Washington State University

History PhD Representative

National Endowment for the Humanities “NextGen PhD” Grant, Washington State University

Student Representative History Graduate Committee, 2017-2018

History Graduate Student Association, Washington State University



Teaching Experience/Courses Taught

World Civilization I (Early humans to 1500), Heritage University, fall and spring semesters, 2007-2010

World Civilization II (1500 to present), Heritage University, fall and spring semesters, 2007-2010

US History I (Colonial to 1865), Heritage University, fall semester, 2011

US History II (1865 to present), Wenatchee Valley College, fall quarter, 2014

Native American History (Colonial-era to present), Heritage University, fall semester, 2011

History of Medicine, Heritage University, spring semester, 2009-2010

Latin American History (Colonial to 1900), Heritage University, spring semester, 2008

Nazi Germany, Heritage University, spring semester, 2010

Honors Colloquium, Heritage University, spring semester, 2010

Teaching Interests

American West

US Military History

Native American History

US Environmental History

Pacific Northwest History



American Historical Association, Member

Organization of American Historians, Member

Western History Association, Member

Society for Military History, Member

Fulbright Association, Member

Phi Alpha Theta, Chi-Mu Chapter, Life Member

Upper Skagit Tribe, Enrolled Member

Swinomish Smokehouse Organization, Member