Ryan Dearinger


Ryan Dearinger

Associate Professor of History

Department Chair

Faculty Athletic Representative


Ph.D., University of Utah (2009)

M.A., Purdue University (2004)

B.A., George Fox University (2002)



Professor Dearinger joined the history department in 2009. His research and teaching interests include nineteenth and twentieth century American history; 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 is Eastern’s Faculty Athletic Representative (F.A.R.) and also the advisor of Alpha-Gamma-Xi, EOU’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

Dr. 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.  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 review essays in the Pacific Historical Review and 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 the fall of 2015 by the University of California Press.  His current research focuses on indigenous, immigrant, and American hop-pickers in the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Dearinger’s c.v.


Immigrants in the Far West

The Filth of Progress, book cover










Teaching Schedule:

Fall 2015:

HIST 202: U.S. History Since 1865 (on campus, Gen-Ed SSC, DPD, 9-9:50 MTWRF)

HIST 203: Historical Methods (on campus)

HIST 345: Environmental History  (on campus)

HIST 422: Violence in American History (online)


Winter 2016:

HIST 201: U.S. History to 1865 (on campus)

HIST 202: U.S. History Since 1865 (online)

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


Spring 2016: 

HIST 202: U.S. History Since 1865 (on campus)

HIST 312: Cultural History of Sports (on campus)

HIST 322: The West in Film (online)


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 355: Colonial Americas: An Introduction to Comparative History

HIST 403: Capstone/Thesis

HIST 444: History of the Pacific Northwest

HIST 466: History of the American West


Contact Information:

Department of History

Ackerman Hall 204-D





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