Dr. Laura Tuennerman

Professor of History; Director of the American Democracy Project at PennWest California

Department of Humanities



  • Transnational Indians of the North American West, co-editor with Clarissa Confer and Andrae Marak  (Texas A&M University Press, 2015)
  • At the Border of Empires: The Tohono O'odham, Gender and Assimilation, 1880-1934, with Andrae Marak.  (University of Arizona Press, 2013)
  • Helping Others, Helping Ourselves:  Giving, Community and Power in Cleveland, 1880 - 1930.  (Kent State University Press, 2001).  

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Official Government Discourses about Vice and Deviance: the Early 20 th Century Tohono O'odham," with Andrae Marak, in Smugglers, Brothels, and Twine: Historical Perspectives on Contraband and Vice in North America's Borderlands (University of Arizona Press, 2011).
  • "Los vicios trasnacionales de los Tohono o'odham a principios del siglo XX," with Andrae Marak, in En la encrucijada. Historia, marginalidad y delito en America Latina y los Estados Unidos de Norteamerica, siglos XIX y XX, (University of Guadalajara, 2010) Jorge Alberto Truillo Breton, editor.
  • "Introduction: American Indians and the Borderlands of the West," in Journal of the West 48:3 (Summer 2009), 9-11, with Andrae Marak.
  • "He Don't Show Us Much About Farming": Tohono O'odham Agency and Agricultural Priorities, 1910-1940," co-authored with Dr. Andrae Marak, in Journal of the West (Summer 2009).
  • "Foundations," "Settlement Houses," and "Charity Balls" in Class in America, Robert Weir, ed. (Greenwood Press, 2007).
  • "Charity" and "Andrew Carnegie's Gospel of Wealth" in Poverty and Social Welfare in America: An Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO forthcoming).
  • "Lydia Maria Child" in Encyclopedia of Women and American Politics Lynn Ford, ed. (Facts on File, 2007).
  • "Charles and William Mayo" and "Foundations" in The Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (M.E. Sharpe Publishers, 2005). Hands-On Learning Opportunities

In Dr. Tuennerman's Public History and Local History classes, for example, all the students participate in service learning, volunteering at historical societies, archives and other agencies.  We also do a lot of hands-on research, looking at all sorts of sources from objects and photographs to the census and buildings.

  • B.A.: History, College of Wooster
  • M.A.: History, certification in Museum Studies, University of Delaware
  • Ph.D. History, University of Minnesota

Email: tuennerman@pennwest.edu

Phone: 724-938-4058

Office: Manderino Library Room 414