Ryan Dearinger

Assistant Professor of History

Department Chair

Faculty Athletic Representative


Ph.D., University of Utah

M.A., Purdue University

B.A., George Fox University


Professor Dearinger joined the history department in 2009. His research and teaching interests include nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. history; immigration, race and ethnicity; the American West and the Pacific Northwest; labor and working-class history; gender studies; violence in American history; environmental history; and the comparative history of the Americas.  Prof. Dearinger is Eastern’s Faculty Athletic Representative and also the advisor of Alpha-Gamma-Xi, EOU’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.


Prof. Dearinger’s publications have appeared in the Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of Social History, The History Teacher, Journal of the West, Labor Studies Journal, Southern California QuarterlyJournal of Southern History, Indiana Magazine of History, and The Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, Volume II: The Early Republic, 1784-1840.  He has a chapter, “Hell and Heaven on Wheels: Mormons, Immigrants, and the (Re)construction of American Progress and Masculinity on the Transcontinental Railroad,” forthcoming in Immigration to the Far West (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2014).  Prof. Dearinger’s book, The Filth of Progress: Immigrants, Americans, and the Building of Canals and Railroads in the U.S. West, is under contract with the University of California Press.


Teaching Schedule:


Spring 2014:

HIST 202: U.S. History since 1865 (on campus, Gen-Ed SSC, DPD)

HIST 201: U.S. History to 1865 (online, Gen-Ed SSC, DPD)

HIST 322: The West in Film (online)

HIST 403: Thesis/Capstone (UWR, *required for graduating History majors)


Summer 2014:

HIST 105: Slavery & Freedom in America (on campus, Gen-Ed SSC, DPD)

HIST 201: U.S. History to 1865 (online, Gen-Ed SSC, DPD)

HIST 312: Cultural History of Sports (online, DPD)


Other Courses Offered:

HIST 310: Men & Masculinities in U.S. History

HIST 310: Immigration & Ethnicity in American History

HIST 333: Labor & the Working Class in American History

HIST 345: Environmental History

HIST 355: Colonial Americas: An Introduction to Comparative History

HIST 422: Violence in American History

HIST 444: History of the Pacific Northwest

HIST 466: History of the American West