Professor Stephen Haycox is an American cultural historian at the University of Alaska Anchorage; he specializes in the relationship of Alaska to the history of the American west. His graduate degrees are from the University of Oregon. He has published widely on Alaska Native history. His two most recent books are Frigid Embrace: Politics, Economics and Environment in Alaska, and Alaska: An American Colony. He is the recipient of an Alaska Governor's Humanities Award (2003), and the University of Alaska Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence (2002), and was named Alaskan Historian of the Year (Alaska Historical Society) in 2003. He teaches Alaska history, history of the American West and American environmental history, and writes a bi-weekly opinion column for the Anchorage Daily News.