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Torrie Hester, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of History

Courses Taught

History of the Untied States to 1865; History of the United States Since 1865; Honors Seminar: How High the Fence?; The Vote in U.S. History; The Historian's Craft; Introduction to Latin America; Latin American History Through Film; World History II; Progressive Era to the Jazz Age, 1870-1920; The Gilded Age; History of the American West; The West in Film & Fiction; Guys and Dolls: Gender in U.S. History; U.S. Women's History; Introduction to American Historiography; Immigration and Migration in U.S. History


Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2008
M.A., California State University, 2000
B.A., University of Victoria, 1996

Publications and Media Placements

Deportation: Origins of U.S. Policy. (University of Pennsylvania Press, June 2017.)

“Deportability and the Carceral State,” Journal of American History, 102 v. 1 (June, 2015).

“Protection, not Punishment”: Legislative and Judicial Formation of U.S. Deportation Policy, 1882-1904.” The Journal of American Ethnic History 30 no. 1 (Fall, 2010): 11-36.

“Peggy Pascoe: Mentor.” Journal of Women’s History.

Book Review: Katherine Unterman, Uncle Sam’s Policemen: The Pursuit of Fugitives Across Borders. (Harvard University Press, 2015), Journal of Southern History, (Forthcoming).

Book Review: Cindy Hahamovitch, No Man’s Land: Jamaican Guestworkers in America and the Global History of Deportable Labor (Princeton, 2011), Coordinating Council For Women in History, 45 v. 2 (May, 2014).

Book Review: Deborah Cohen, Braceros: Migrant Citizens and Transnational Subjects in the Postwar United States and Mexico (UNC Press, 2011) International Migration, 24, v. 7, (Winter, 2012).

Book Review: Christian G. Samito, Becoming American Under Fire: Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of Citizenship during the Civil War Era (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 13 v. 3 (September, 2012).

“Immigration Act of 1891,” in Kent Rasmussen, ed., Encyclopedia of American Immigration, (New Jersey: Salem Press.)

“Deportation” in Kent Rasmussen, ed., Encyclopedia of American Immigration, (New Jersey: Salem Press.)

Honors and Awards

  • Dean's Professional Development, Saint Louis University, 2012, 2015 and 2016
  • Mellon Faculty Development Grand, Saint Lous University, 2012 and 2014 
  • Center for Intercultural Studies, Travel Fund, Saint Louis University, 2013 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Institute, "American Immigration Revisited," 2009
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon, 2001-2008
  • Travel Award, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2005
  • Graduate Research Award, University of Oregon, 2005

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Immigration and Ethnic History Society (IEHS)
  • Organization of American Historians (OAH)
  • Social Science History Association (SSHA)
  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)
  • American Society for Legal History (ASLH)
  • Western History Association (WHA)
  • Coalition for Western Women's History (CWWH)
  • American Historical Association (AHA)