Personal Statement:

I am United States Navy veteran and served six years with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office before returning to higher education. I am also a long-time member of the Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum and I continue to volunteer with the museum in steam train operations.

My studies focus on community building in the nineteenth-century American West. I intend to examine how peoples of varying backgrounds came together to form communities, and how inclusion/exclusion of different peoples affected those communities. I will also examine how these diverse peoples each interacted with their environment(s).

Follow on Twitter @cmmacmahon

Selected Publications:

MacMahon, Christopher. “Mystery on the Mainline: What Wrecked the ‘City of San Francisco?'” Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 59, no. 1-4 (2016), 49-66.

Courses Taught:

Guest Lectures: Spanish-American Borderlands (CSUCI, 2016), Building the Pacific Railroad (UCSB 2017); The Eugenics Movement in the U.S. and Nazi Germany (CSUCI, 2017); Becoming a Nation: The Articles of Confederation, Constitution, and Fight for Ratification (UCSB, 2017); An Introduction to Gender and Sexuality in Historical Thinking (CSUCI, 2018).

Courses as TA: American History 1492-1830; American History 1830-1920; American Environmental History; California History


Awards & Professional Activities:

2016 – History Program Honors, California State University Channel Islands.

2015 – Interdisciplinary Research Learning Community, Inaugural Member and Research Grant, California State University Channel Islands.

2011 – The President’s Call to Service Award, President of the United States’ Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum: Secretary of the Board of Directors (2011-2013); Member of the Board (2007-2011); Youth Programs Committee ChairĀ  (2007-2013).