Sarah McCormick Seekatz

A native of the Coachella Valley, Sarah McCormick Seekatz is a PhD candidate in history at the University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation will explore Southern California's date industry, booster efforts, and fascination with the Greater Middle East throughout the 20th century. She was a recent Autry National Center Jonathan Heritage Foundation Fellow and will be a Western History Association Martin Ridge Fellow at the Huntington Library this summer.

Recent Articles
Harem Girls and Camel Races: Middle Eastern Fantasies in the Deserts of Southern California
Harem Girls and Camel Races: Middle Eastern Fantasies in the Deserts of Southern California
The towns in the eastern side of the Coachella Valley have long utilized romanticized portrayals of the Middle East to shape views of their own desert backyard.
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