Professor and Head
Specialty: American rural history, labor, baseball, and the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Dr. Vaught received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Davis in 1997 and joined the department that same year. He is the author of Cultivating California: Growers, Specialty Crops, and Labor, 1875-1920 (1999); After The Gold Rush: Tarnished Dreams in the Sacramento Valley (2007); and The Farmers’ Game: Baseball in Rural America (2013)–all published by Johns Hopkins University Press; and Teaching the Big Class: Advice from a History Colleague (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011). His articles have appeared in Agricultural History, Journal of Southern History, Pacific Historical Review, and Western Historical Quarterly, and his research has been funded by three grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is Past President of the Agricultural History Society, serves currently as head of department, and is writing a biography of Hall of Famer/tobacco farmer Gaylord Perry.