Kevin D. Hatfield
I specialize in the social and environmental history of the American West, with a particular focus on Basque immigration and community formation. My oral and archival research of the Basque community’s role in the readjudication of federal range and state water rights in Oregon, Idaho and Nevada during the New Deal and early postwar era illuminates the conflation of property rights and racial/ethnic identity in the American West. I am an advisory board member for the international Basque Studies Consortium, and my article, “'We Were Not Tramp Sheepmen': Joe Odiaga and Acculturation, Resistance, and Identity in the Biskaian Basque Community, 1890-1946," appeared in the Winter 2009 thematic edition of the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly (NHSQ). I am currently writing a historiographical essay on the field of Basque-American history for the NHSQ, and serving as the consulting historian on a documentary film project exploring Basques in the American West directed by Doug Copsey.