Christopher MacMahon graduated in Spring 2021 with a Ph.D. from the Department of History with an interdisciplinary emphasis in the environment and society. His research examines environmental settler colonialism and the creation of water policy in Nevada between 1840 and 1890. Christopher has been a longtime member of the Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, Nevada and served two terms on the Board of Trustees. He continues to work with this organization in creating exhibits for special events, incorporating human stories into the museum’s educational narrative, and designing strategies for educational outreach to the state’s rural school districts. Christopher continues volunteering with the museum in steam train operations, running and interpreting 19th-century railroad artifacts for the public.
Christopher currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Education Committee for the Goleta Valley Historical Society in Goleta, California.