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Faculty Profiles

Rainer F. Buschmann
Professor, History

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Rainer F. Buschmann is Professor of History at the California State University Channel Islands (CI). His training in anthropology awoke a passion for oceanic settings that took him to Hawai’i (where he obtained his M.A. in anthropology and his Ph.D. in history), and lastly the California Channel Islands. He has formerly taught at Hawai`i Pacific University and Purdue University. At CI, he was a founding faculty member of the history program contributing to a curriculum that actively emphasizes world history.

His publications explore European perceptions of the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to recover this body of water’s global history, a largely understudied area in contemporary scholarship. He is author of Anthropology's Global Histories: The Ethnographic Frontier in German New Guinea, 1870-1935 (U of Hawai`i Press, 2009) and Oceans in World History (McGraw-Hill, 2007). He has collaborated with Michael Blodgett on Currents in World History (Great River Technology, 2013) and with Edward Slack and James Tueller on Navigating the Spanish Lake: The Pacific in the Iberian World, 1521-1898 (U of Hawai`i Press, 2014). His current monograph, Defending the Spanish Lake: Spain and the Exploration of the Pacific Ocean, 1507-1899 is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan. In the Fall of 2013, Professor Buschmann will initiate a new project focusing on Portugal and the Pacific while serving as a Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Social Science at the University of Lisbon.

Representative Courses Taught

  • HIST 212 World History From 1500
  • HIST 319 European History, 1871-1945
  • HIST 340 History and Psychology of Nazi Germany
  • HIST 365 Themes in World History
  • HIST 366 Oceans of World History
  • HIST 380 History of the Pacific



World History, History of the Pacific, Oceans and History

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