Julia C. Frankenbach

Ph.D. Student

North America


Julia is a second-year Ph.D. student broadly interested in early North American history. She specializes in the early history of California and the North American West and gravitates to historical topics dealing with space, labor, colonialism, and the environment. In 2013, she earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College before studying history at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she completed her M.A. in 2017. At Berkeley, she is laying plans for a dissertation about Native space in Spanish-occupied California. Her current research looks at the variety of ways Indigenous nations of California engaged the Spanish colonial cattle economy in order to set the terms of their relationships with colonizers. She is a Berkeley Fellow and a two-time Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow.

Julia is involved in several initiatives to support K-12 educators interested in incorporating recent scholarship in their California history curricula. She is currently collaborating with the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project to host a teachers' institute on histories of slavery in California, to be held in June 2022. She also spearheaded H-Net's Teach California project, an initiative to make university-developed teaching resources accessible to educators in K-12 and community college spaces.

Research Interests

North American West

Colonial Mexico

Borderlands

Native American history

Environmental history

Geography

Economic history

Fellowships & Awards

2022 Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies

2021 Tinker Field Research Grant, UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies

2021 Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies

2020 Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study

Education

M.A., History, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2017

B.A., summa cum laude in Environmental Studies, Mount Holyoke College, 2013