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Dr. H Gelfand

Maury Hall, Room 211
Office phone: 540-568-4765
MSC 2001
58 Bluestone Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Associate Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies


Ph.D., University of Arizona (History and American Indian Studies)

Fields and specialties

Recent America, North American West

Teaching areas

Recent U.S., North American West, Honors, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Research interests

Surfing, Environmental Activism, Robert Kennedy, Charles Gatewood and the Chiricahua Apache, Pacific Island Cultures and Issues, North American West

Selected publications and presentations

Sea Change at Annapolis: The United States Naval Academy, 1949-2000 (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2006, paperback 2014).

"The Surfrider Foundation and Environmental Activism," American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch Conference, Honolulu, HI, 2007.

"Coastal Environmental Consciousness in California's Culture, 1969-Present," Urban History Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2010.

Service activities

Advisor for Breakdance Club, Longboard Club, and Exit 245 A Cappella Club.


The 2013 Bergen County (New Jersey) Historical Society Sachem Oratam Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation.