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Voice: 657-278-8273

Fax: 657-278-5820

Dept: 657-278-2441


Office: University Hall 411

Cal State University, Fullerton

American Studies
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA. 92831

Sara Fingal, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies

Bio / Description

North American Borderlands; Environmental History; California Culture


PhD, Brown University 

MA, Brown University 

BA, Scripps College 

Research Areas

Courses Regularly Taught

AMST350: Theories and Methods 

AMST395: California Cultures 

AMST401T: Proseminar in American Studies 

AMST404: Americans and Nature 

Recent Publications: 

"Your House es Mi Casa: American Homebuyers in the Baja California Borderlands," Western Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, Issue 1, Spring 2018: 17-41. 

Recent Presentations/Lectures: 

2018 "Community Leadership Through Coastal Environmental Education," Environmental Justice, Race, and Public Lands: A Symposium, University of Oregon, May 9-11

2018 "Removing the “Best American Beach”: Environmental Privilege on the Los Angeles Waterfront​," American Society for Environmental History Conference, March 14-18

2018 "Alternative Histories of Southern California," Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Series, CSUF, February 13

2017 "'Save the Beach for Me': Environmental Education and the Fight for Coastal Access, 1949-1987," American
Studies Association Annual Meeting, November 9-12

2017 "Water Pedagogy Across Disciplines: Can we analyze tap water as a historical object?," International Water
History Association Conference, June 14-17

2017 "Women, Water Resource Management, and the Environmental Movement in Southern California," Berkshire
​ Conference of Women Historians Conference, June 1-4

2017 Chair and Commentator on Panel: "Between the Wall and the Bridge: Comparing North American Border Environments,"
Association for Borderland Studies, April 12 - April 15

2017 "Latinos and Environmentalism, " Pushing the Boundaries of Environmental History, American Environmental
History Association Conference, March 29 - April 2

Office Hours

T/Th, 9:30-10:30am or by appointment

Current Course Schedule

AMST395: T/Th, 11:30am-12:45pm

AMST401T: T/Th, 2:30-3:45pm