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H Gelfand
Maury Hall, Room 211
MSC 2001
office phone: 540-568-4765
e-mail: gelfanhm@jmu.edu
fax: 540-568-5808

Mailing address
James Madison University
History Dept MSC 2001
58 Bluestone Drive
Harrisonburg VA  22807

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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).

"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 and Longboard Club.


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




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58 Bluestone Drive
Harrisonburg, VA  22807
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Phone: (540) 568-6132
Fax: (540) 568-5808
E-mail: history@jmu.edu