Sean Fraga

Expert in links between the environment, indigenous sovereignty, settler colonialism, technology, and mobility, primarily during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar, Humanities in a Digital World Program; Teaching Fellow, History Department

USC–Mellon Humanities in a Digital World Program

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences


  • U.S. West, Pacific Northwest, and Puget Sound
  • Native sovereignty and tribal governance
  • Climate change and sea-level rise
  • Beaches, shorelines, coastlines
  • Maritime trade, ports, and shipping
  • Digital mapping and data visualization


Additional Information

  • My book project, Ocean Fever: Steam Power, Transpacific Trade, and American Colonization of Puget Sound is under contract with Yale University Press.
  • My research has been published in Western Historical Quarterly and Current Research in Digital History.
  • I have been invited to share my research at Yale University’s Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders, the American Philosophical Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Newberry Library, and the Museum of Chinese in America, among others.


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