Rachel St John

Associate Professor of History

Stanford University, BA; Stanford University, PhD

Office Address: 

King Juan Carlos Center, Room 705



Field of Study: 

United States

Research Interests: 

19th- and 20th-century United States history with a particular emphasis on the North American West and transnational borderlands history

Research Description:

Rachel St John’s research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth century North American history with a particular emphasis on state-formation and nation-building. She teaches courses in 19th-century United States history, transnational borderlands history, environmental history, and the history of the U.S. West. Her first book, Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border, was published by Princeton University Press in early 2011. She is currently working on a new book which will explore the diverse range of nation-building projects that emerged throughout North America in the nineteenth century.

Selected Works:


StJohnLineintheSand.gifLine in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border (Princeton University Press, 2012).

“Divided Ranges: Trans-border Ranches and the Creation of National Space along the Western Mexican-U.S. Border,” in Bridging National Borders in North America, Benjamin Johnson and Andrew Graybill, editors (Durham: Duke University Press, 2010).

“Selling the Border: Trading Land, Attracting Tourists, and Marketing American Consumption on the Baja California Border, 1900-1930,” in Land of Necessity: Consumer Culture in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Alexis McCrossen, editor (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009)


The 'Line in the Sand' Dividing The U.S. and Mexico - an NPR Interview

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Updated on 09/11/2012