Welcome to the Bill Lane Center for the American West

Dedicated to advancing scholarly and public understanding of the past, present, and future of western North America, the Center supports research, teaching, and reporting about western land and life

Bruce Cain and Iris Hui sitting side by side

Bill Lane Center Director Bruce Cain with Senior Researcher Iris Hui

Remembering Iris Hui

We mourn the loss of our beloved colleague, mentor and friend, Iris Hui.

From left to right, Hope Eccles, Eve Lilley, and Bill Lilley

From left to right, Hope Eccles, Eve Lilley, and Bill Lilley

Remembering Bill Lilley

The Lane Center remembers Bill Lilley, a charter member of our Advisory Council, whose commitment, generosity and creativity represented unparalleled contributions to the Council’s work and the Center

wildfire smoke over the Golden Gate Bridge

Image credit: Christopher Michel

Practical tips to mitigate harm from wildfire smoke

Lane Center researchers and partners offer tips for staying safe from the smoke during wildfire season.

2021 Research Assistant Faces

Lane Center student researchers investigate salient challenges facing the West

In 2021, we’re pleased to welcome 20 RAs into the Lane Center family, with projects spanning climate change, public policy, health and other important issues in the American West.

Bill Lane Center Media Fellow speaks with a Stanford specialist

2016 media fellow Zack Colman of the Christian Science Monitor, right, talks to the science journalist and virtual reality specialist Anh Hoa Truong at the Bill...

Apply for our Western Media Fellowship

Journalists illuminating crucial issues facing the American West: The Bill Lane Center offers a $5,000 fellowship to support three month's work. 

Iris Hui

Remembering Iris Hui

We mourn the recent loss of our brilliant and beloved colleague, mentor and friend, Iris Hui. Iris had a long history with the Bill Lane Center and served as its senior researcher for the past five years. We will miss her terribly. 

Recent News

Photo by The Climate Reality Project 

Our Media Fellowship underwrites a journalist examining the American West with a $5000 stipend for three months' work. Applications are due September 30, 2021.
Madalsa Singh explores the equity and efficiency of electricity tariff design

In Case You Missed It

Author Blaine Harden stops by the Bill Lane Center to speak about myths and his book "Murder at the Mission"
Tue August 10th 2021
About the Book Eighteen years old and fizzing with optimism, Solimar Castro-Valdez embarks on a perilous journey across the Mexican border. Weeks later, she arrives in Berkeley, California, dazed by...
Thu June 17th 2021
Cameron Blevins, former Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, will stop by to the Lane Center to discuss his new book, Paper Trails: The US Post and the Making of the American West. Blevins will be joined...
Tue June 8th 2021