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Michelle Lorimer


Part-time Faculty, Department of History




Ph.D. in  History, University of California, Riverside

M.A. in Public History - Museum Studies, University of California, Riverside

B.A. in History (high honors), California State University, San Bernardino


California Indian History

California History

American Civilzations (US History survey)

Museum Studies

Teaching History

Intro to Oral History

Expository Writing in Social Sciences 

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Michelle Lorimer is a historian who focuses on the History of the U.S., California, and Native America, as well as Public History and Teaching History. She is the author of Resurrecting the Past: The California Mission Myth (2016) as well as several book chapters and articles that focus on the intersections of Native American History and Public History. Her book traces the marginalization of Native Californians within mission history and critiques the romanticized narrative still presented today at many mission sites. Dr. Lorimer is actively engaged with local and statewide education initiatives. She is working with the California Historical Society and the California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP) to develop content for Teaching California: Bringing Archives into the Classroom. She is collaborating with CHSSP on conference sessions to support the implementation of teacher instruction guidelines from the California History-Social Science Framework. Dr. Lorimer also serves on the Committee on Teaching and Public Education for the Western Historical Association. 

Selected Publications

Lorimer, M., 2016. Resurrecting the Past: The California Mission Myth. Pechanga, CA: Great Oak Press.

Lorimer, M. 2017  'Maria Tallchief' in Activist Women of the West. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press.

Lorimer, M. 2017. “California Indian Women, Wisdom, and Preservation” co-authored with Clifford E. Trafzer in Wisdom Spirits:  American Indian Prophets, Healers, and Medicine People, edited by Clifford E. Trafzer. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Lorimer, M. 2013. “Silencing California Indian Genocide in Social Studies Texts” co-authored with Clifford E. Trafzer. American Behavioral Scientist 20 (10): 1-19.

Lorimer, M. 2012. “The Image of Sherman Institute” co-authored with Clifford E. Trafzer and Shaina Wright in The School on Madison Avenue:  Voices and Images from Sherman Institute, 1902-1970, edited by Clifford E. Trafzer, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, and Lorene Sisquoc (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press): 173-208.

Lorimer, M. 2008. “The Development of Literature in the Suffrage Movement: Western Successes from Eastern Lessons, 1848‐1911,” in History in the Making 1 (1): 1-43.