DepartmentDepartment of History
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • Ph.D., Southern Methodist University
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University
  • M.A., Southern Methodist University
  • B.A., Davidson College

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Alicia Dewey received her doctorate from Southern Methodist University and has taught at Biola University since 2007. Her courses include the History of the American West; California History; American Democracy, Civil War, and Reconstruction, 1800–77; the Rise of Modern America (1877–1920); Research Methods in History; the U.S. History Survey; and U.S. History since 1865. When she is not teaching, researching or writing, she enjoys the outdoors and experiencing the American West through hiking, camping, canoeing, bird watching, and landscape painting as well as spending time with her Maltese dog, Ranger. She is a member of Kindred Community Church in Anaheim Hills, California.


  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Western History Association
  • Business History Conference
  • Texas State Historical Association
  • California Historical Society


  • Winner, 2014 Robert A. Calvert Book Prize for the Best Manuscript on the West, South, or Southwest
  • Winner, Jim Parish Award for Documentation and Publication of Local and Regional History, Webb County Heritage Foundation (2015)
  • Finalist, Ramirez Family Award for the Most Significant Scholarly Book, Texas Institute of Letters (2015)


  • Pesos and Dollars: Entrepreneurs in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1880-1940 (Connecting the Greater West series, Texas A & M University Press, 2014).
  • "Region of Extremes and Contrast," in Gordon M. Bakken, ed., The World of the American West (New York: Routledge, 2010).
  • “Ranching Across Borders: the Making of a Transnational Cattle Industry in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands,” in Sterling D. Evans, ed., Farming Across Borders: Selections on Transnational Agricultural History in the North American West (Texas A & M University Press, 2017).
  • "Joseph Netzer" in Volume 4, "The Age of the World Wars, 1918-1945," Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720-present, (German Historical Institute, April 21, 2017).
  • "Awakening the Desert and Harnessing the Colorado River: Power, Romance, and the Ethics of Water in the Imperial Valley, 1890-1940," in Ronald G. Wells, ed., California Dreaming: Essays in Moral Discourse on California History and Culture (Wipf & Stock, 2017).
  • Transforming Deserts and Brush Lands: a Comparative, Social, Business, and Legal History of Water in the Magic Valley of Texas and the Imperial Valley of California, 1900-1970 (new book project in progress).

Research Interests

  • U.S./Mexico Borderlands
  • American West
  • Business History
  • Environmental history/irrigation and water rights
  • Mexican-American History
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