Associate Professor

gelfanhm@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Education

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

Research interests

Surfing, Environmental Activism, Robert Kennedy, U. S. Naval Academy, Charles Gatewood and the Chiricahua Apache, Polynesian Cultures, California, North American West 

Teaching areas

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

 Selected publications and presentations

 “Surfing Point Loma:  Surfers and the National Park Service at Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, California,” American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch Conference, Santa Clara, CA, 2018.

 “Coastal Engineering, Surfers, and Environmental Consciousness in Southern California, 1940-Present,” American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 2017.

“A Tour of Honolulu From Atop A Tiny Skateboard,” The Metropole:  The Official Blog of the Urban History Association, 2017.

“Surfing and the California Coast:  Surfers, Corporations, and Government, 1963-Present,” Sport and Society International Conference, Toronto, ON, 2015.

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

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

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

 Service Activities

 Member, Madison Hispanic Faculty Caucus

 Advisor, JMU Kinetix Breakdance Crew, JMU Longboarding Club, and JMU Exit 245 Acappella Music Group

 Chair, Bergen County Historical Society (New Jersey) Historic Preservation Committee

 Member, Van Gelder Studio (New Jersey) National Register of Historic Places Application Committee.

 Awards

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

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