Marsha Weisiger is an Associate Professor and the Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair of U.S. Western History at the University of Oregon. Her work focuses on the interrelationships between humans and nature, environmental and social justice, and conservation policy.
Weisiger has received research support from the American Council of Learned Societies (Burkhardt Fellow), the National Endowment for the Humanities (Faculty Research Fellow), the Clements Center for Southwest Studies (King Fellow), the Environmental Protection Agency (STAR Fellow), and the American Association of University Women (American Fellow), as well as the Huntington Library. Her writing has also been awarded the Oscar O. Winther Award from the Western History Association and the C. L. Sonnichsen Award from the Arizona Historical Society.
Her first book, Land of Plenty (University of Oklahoma Press, 1995), examines the history of migratory agricultural labor in Arizona during the New Deal.It won the 1997 Angie Debo Prize for best book on the American Southwest published by the University of Oklahoma Press.
Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country is available from an independent bookseller near you.
“This is a brilliant study destined to become a seminal work on Navajo history. The research is painstaking and the argument thought-provoking. The book is exceptionally well written.”
— Kathleen P. Chamberlain, The American Historical Review
“Marsha Weisiger recounts a past example of scientists predicting an environmental catastrophe to a skeptical audience. . . . Weisiger takes great pains to understand each side's point of view, and her account deftly joins the cultural and the ecological. . . . Weisiger's analysis of the conflict is the first to explain the interplay of gender and ecology. . . . Surely, there is a lesson here for the present day.”
— Jared Farmer, American Scientist
“With great sensitivity and insight, Weisiger evocatively demonstrates why stock reduction continues to be indelibly seared into Navajos’ collective memory.”
— Kathy M’Closkey, American Indian Quarterly
“I cannot think of any book that weaves a more compelling narrative from the collision of Indian, American, and scientific understandings of nature. Weisiger's painstaking reconstruction of the region's biotic communities and her careful attention to biologists' thinking and their meanings for historians places this book in a class by itself.”
— Louis Warren, author of Buffalo Bill's America
“An ambitious, masterful work that addresses fundamental issues about relationships of power between the state and the people it attempts to control, the relationship between nature and cultures, and conflicts between different ways of narrating stories.”
— Sherry L. Smith, author of Re-Imagining Indians