Associate Professor

gelfanhm@jmu.edu

Contact Info

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

Education

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

Research interests

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

Teaching areas

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

Selected publications and presentations

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

“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.

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

Service activities

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

Advisor the for the JMU Breakdance Club, the JMU Longboarding Club, and the JMU Exit 245 Acappella Group.

Awards

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

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