Ryan Dearinger


Dr. Ryan Dearinger

Associate Professor of History

Faculty Athletic Representative

Advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society


Ph.D., University of Utah (2009)

M.A., Purdue University (2004)

B.A., George Fox University (2002)

A.A., Tacoma Community College (2000)


Professor Dearinger joined the history department in 2009. His research and teaching interests include the American West and the Pacific Northwest; immigration; race and ethnicity; labor and working-class history; gender studies; environmental history; and violence in American history.

Dr. Dearinger’s publications have appeared in the Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of Social History, Oregon Historical QuarterlyThe 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.  His recent work includes a chapter, “Hell and Heaven on Wheels: Mormons, Immigrants, and the Reconstruction of American Progress and Masculinity on the First Transcontinental Railroad,” in the book Immigrants in the Far West: Historical Identities and Experiences (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2014) and a review essay, “Interracial Roads to American Freedom” in Common-place: The Journal of Early American Life.  Dr. Dearinger’s book, The Filth of Progress: Immigrants, Americans, and the Building of Canals and Railroads in the West was published in 2016 by the University of California Press. His current research focuses on indigenous, immigrant, and American hop-pickers in the Pacific Northwest.  Dr. Dearinger serves on the Editorial Board of the Oregon Encyclopedia, is a contributor to Stanford University’s Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project, and was recently named to the Distinguished Speakers Program sponsored by the Heritage Resources Division of the Western Washington University Libraries and the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies at WWU.

Dr. Dearinger’s c.v.


Immigrants in the Far West

The Filth of Progress, book cover










Teaching Schedule:

Spring 2017: 

HIST 201: U.S. History To 1865  (on campus, 10-10:50 MTWRF)

HIST 333:  Labor & The Working Class in American History  (online)

HIST 403: Thesis/Capstone  (on campus, TR 1-2:50)


Fall 2017: 

HIST 202: U.S. History Since 1865  (on campus, 10-10:50 MTWRF)

HIST 310: Immigration Nation  (on campus, 1-2:20 MWF)

HIST 422: Violence in American History  (online)


Ackerman back in the day










Other Courses Offered:

HIST 105: Slavery & Freedom in America

HIST 303: Historical Research

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

HIST 310: Immigration & Ethnicity in American History

HIST 312: Cultural History of Sports

HIST 322: The West in Film

HIST 345: Environmental History

HIST 355: Colonial Americas: An Introduction to Comparative History

HIST 444: History of the Pacific Northwest

HIST 466: History of the American West


Contact Information:

Eastern Oregon University

Department of History

Ackerman Hall 204-D

La Grande, OR 97850


(541) 962-3709



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