University of Nevada, Reno

Faculty and Staff

William A. DouglassWilliam A. Douglass

Coordinator Emeritus of Basque Studies

William Douglass helped to initiate the Basque Studies Program (now Center for Basque Studies) and served as its Coordinator for over thirty years.




Ph.D. Social Anthropology, University of Chicago


Courses taught


Old-World Basque culture, European peasant society, family history, immigration and ethnicity


Research interests


Peasant society, ethnic groups and ethnicity maintenance, Basque society, Mediterranean social structure, family history, migration studies


Selected Publications


“Creating the New Basque Diaspora.” In Basque Politics and Nationalism on the Eve of the New Millennium edited by William A. Douglass, Carmelo Urza, Linda White and Joseba Zulaika, 208-228. Basque Studies Program Occasional Papers Series, No. 6. Reno: Basque Studies Program, 1999.

“A Western Perspective on an Eastern Interpretation of Where North Meets South: Pyrenean Borderland Cultures.” In Border Identities. Nation and State at International Frontiers, edited by Thomas Wilson and Hastings Donnan, 62-95. Cambridge University Press, 1998.

From Italy to Ingham. Italians in North Queensland. St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1995.

(with Stanford M. Lyman and Joseba Zulaika) Migración, etnicidad y etnonacionalismo. Bilbao: Universidad del País Vasco, 1994.

(Editor, with Robert A. Nylen), Letters from the Nevada Frontier. Correspondence of Tasker L. Oddie, 1898-1902 Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.

Emigration in a South Italian Town: An Anthropological History. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1984.

Beltran: Basque Sheepman of the American West. University of Nevada Press, 1979.

Amerikanuak: Basques in the New World (with Jon Bilbao) University of Nevada Press, 1975.

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