Torrie Hester

Assistant Professor



Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2008;

M.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 2000;

B.A., University of Victoria, 1998



I am a U.S. historian interested in subjects ranging from immigration and region, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, as well as law and foreign policy during the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. My current book project, Between Protection and Punishment, examines the national and international origins of U.S. deportation policy between 1875 and 1924. This history contributes to a richer understanding of divisions between immigrants and citizens as well as the responsibilities of states to their emigrants. This history, upon which the U.S. immigration policy continues to rest, also provides insights into the contemporary category of illegal immigration and contextualizes today's debate about immigrant access to health care, education, and other state services.

Scholarly Publications

Journal Articles

  • "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.

Fellowships and Awards

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Institute, "American Immigration Revisited", 2009
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Women's and Gender Studies Program, University of Oregon, 2006-2007
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowships, History, University of Oregon, 2001-2008
  • Humanities Center Fellowship, University of Oregon, (Runner-Up), 2005-2006
  • Travel Award, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), 2005
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