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Alanna Beason’s current academic work focuses on mixed heritage peoples in the Pacific Northwest who sprung from the interactions between Native Americans and incoming fur traders. Starting with first contact in the 1790s, this work looks at how the changing social, cultural, and political landscape shifted around these communities and their responses to these shifts. Gender dynamics, language, and kinship networks play an especially important role in showing how mixed heritage peoples shaped their lives and formed a tight knit community that was able to withstand the invading force of white, colonial settlement.

 At Utah State University, Alanna wrote a thesis titled “Claiming the Best of Both Worlds: Mixed Heritage Children of the Pacific Northwest Fur Trade and the Formation of Identity” under the direction of Dr. David Rich Lewis. This work explored how children responded to American settlement and, as they grew into adulthood, how they voiced their opposition to this settlement.

 Alanna has interned with Western Historical Quarterly, working with Dr. David Rich Lewis and Dr. Colleen O’Neill; she also worked as a graduate assistant for the Utah State University History Department. Currently, Alanna is the UNL History Graduate Student Association President. She is also working towards certificates in Digital Humanities and Ethnic Studies. Alanna was awarded the Othmer Fellowship at UNL and has previously received the American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship.

  • Fall 2016, 19th Century United States History, Timothy Mahoney
  • Spring 2016, America After 1877, William Thomas
  • Fall 2015, America To 1877, Kenneth Winkle
  • Spring 2015, American West Environmental, Lawrence Culver
  • Fall  2014, America To 1877, Colleen O’Neill
  • Fall 2013, American History to the Present, David Rich Lewis
  • 2016, Charles Redd Center Research Grant
  • 2015, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Travel Grant
  • 2015-2018, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Othmer Fellowship
  • 2013-2016, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Higher Education Postgrad Grant               
  • 2013-2015, American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship                            
  • 2014, Charles S. and Elizabeth H. Peterson Graduate Travel Award           
  • 2014, Pacific Northwest History Conference Student Scholarship

M.A., Utah State University, 2015
B.A, Washington State University-Vancouver, 2012
B.A., Washington State University-Vancouver, 2012
A.A., Skagit Valley College, 2009


Native American;
North American West;
Pacific Northwest;
Women and Gender;
Digital History;
Ethnic Studies