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"I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over in every part of the nation -- a burning desire to go, to move, to get under way, anyplace, away from any Here."

— John Steinbeck

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Andrew Offenburger is an assistant professor of history at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

In May 2014, Offenburger earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Yale University, after which he spent the following academic year as the David J. Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at Southern Methodist University's Clements Center for Southwest Studies. Offenburger's manuscript—which investigates the influence of capital and culture in the U.S.-Mexican borderlands—received the Frederick W. Beinecke Prize "for an outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field of Western American history."

Offenburger's research in frontiers, borders, colonialism, gender, and indigenous history connects the past of the U.S. West with similar processes in Latin America and Africa.

From 1999 to 2013, Offenburger also founded, developed, and directed—in collaboration with an international editorial board—the quarterly academic journal Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, which Routledge acquired in 2007 and continues to publish in print and online.