Nathan Hallam, Ph.D.

Dr. Nathan Hallam joined SHRA in 2020 as Senior Historian and Practice Manager. Prior to his arrival in Boise, Nathan worked as a preservation professional and cultural resources specialist in Northern California and Arizona. In Sacramento, he administered North Central Information Center, a repository of cultural resources documentation affiliated with the California Office of Historic Preservation. At California State University, Sacramento, he taught courses in California History, Public History, Historic Preservation, and the American West. 

As an architectural historian, Nathan has documented a variety of residential, industrial, and infrastructural properties under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. His favorite job to date involved an evaluation of the abandoned Pacific Portland Cement Company plant in Solano County, California, a landmark known by locals as the “Castle on the Hill.”

Nathan holds an M.A. in Public History from California State University, Sacramento and a Ph.D. in History from Arizona State University. While completing his doctoral coursework, he worked part-time at the City of Tempe, where he got his “hands dirty” with a Certified Local Government preservation program: activities included a survey-and-inventory of 200+ residential properties in the historic Maple-Ash neighborhood. Nathan’s doctoral dissertation explores the twentieth-century transformation of Tempe, a semi-rural town and farming landscape that became integrated into the sprawl of greater Phoenix after 1950. 

In his free time, Nathan enjoys visiting historic neighborhoods and public lands with his wife and three children. Growing up in the Sacramento area, Nathan spent summers backpacking in the Sierra Nevada and camping along the California coast; in Arizona he visited remote corners of Grand Canyon National Park and developed an unexpected love for the cactus country of the Sonoran Desert. He and his family can’t wait to explore the mountains of Idaho and the Northern Rockies.