Nick Heitkamp

Nick Heitkamp


Phone: 707.664.2414

Background and Interests:

I’m originally from the Mojave Desert, yet have grown to love the bounty of Sonoma County. Overall, I’m deeply interested in the intersection between people, place, and memory in the American West. More specifically, I study the way in which people perceive and manage their environment over time in the context of scientific and working landscapes in Northern California. For the past several years, I’ve worked in the University Library’s Special Collections Department digitizing and curating archival material relevant to the North Bay. It has been a privilege working behind-the-scenes to increase discoverability and use of primary sources.
Currently, I’m finishing my M.A. in History here at S.S.U. My thesis relies heavily on forty-six journals left by a Healdsburg, CA ranching couple written over seventy years of management. Their writings shed light on the contested production of ranching culture and rangeland in twentieth century Sonoma County. In the classroom, I strive to teach students --of all backgrounds-- the value of historical thinking and research.

Courses Offerings:

  • GEP 337 - Landscape History of the American West