John Putman (Professor, University of California, San Diego, 2000) is a historian of the modern American West (late 19th and 20th centuries), particularly California and the Pacific coast states. His first book, Class and Gender Politics in Progressive Era Seattle (University of Nevada Press, 2008) explores class and gender politics in the urban Northwest. His most recent book, Boosting a New West: Pacific Coast Expositions, 1905-1916 (Washington State University Press, 2020) explores the marketing of the West through early 20th-century Pacific Coast expositions. He is also interested in the cultural history of the 20th century U.S., specifically science fiction and Cold War films, and the social and cultural meanings of Star Trek. His current research project examines the social, cultural, and political landscape of the United States through three science fiction television shows: Star Trek Deep Space Nine, The X-Files, and Babylon 5. Since 2015, John has served as the Director of SDSU’s International Business Program. He is also currently the Interim Associate Dean for the College of Arts & Letters.