Alexandra Vicknair

Grad Teaching Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4302

Student Information

Graduate Student
History
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Biography

Alexandra K. Vicknair is a Ph.D. Candidate and History Instructor at the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. Vicknair attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where she received a B.A. in history and art history (Double Major). She also has an M.A. in history (with Distinction) from California State University, Stanislaus.

Before arriving at ASU, Vicknair worked at The Great Valley Museum in Modesto as an exhibit researcher and coordinator and at The Huntington Learning Center as a tutor specializing in SAT Prep, Algebra II, Spanish, AP English, and AP History. She is currently the president of Iota-Gamma, ASU's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society.

Vicknair's research interests include Western environmental history, the history of tourism, the history of water, national parks and public land policy, environmental law, as well as cultural and art history. Her master's thesis, "Mindsets, Motivations, Mickey Mouse, and the Mountains: The Social, Political, and Intellectual Foundations of the Mineral King Controversy, 1965-1978," documented a conetntious public land battle involving Walt Disney, the Sierra Club, and the U.S Forest Service. Her thesis won several awards, including First Place in the Graduate Division of Humanities at the 2013 California State University reserach competition. Currently, Vicknair is studying the early history of Yosemite National Park and utilizing both cultural and art history to help provide new outlooks and understandings of American national parks and ideas about nature.

Master's Thesis: http://stanislaus-scholarworks.calstate.edu/bitstream/handle/10211.3/142984/VicknairA.spring2013thesis.pdf?sequence=1

Research Interests

 

19th Century American West

Hitsory of California Landscapes

Art History--American 19th Century 

History of Tourism

History of National Parks 

Cultural and Intellectual History

Environmental History

History of Activism

History of Environmental Law

Public History

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
HST 109 United States to 1865
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
HST 110 United States Since 1865
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
HST 306 Studies in US History
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
HST 110 United States Since 1865
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
HST 109 United States to 1865