Assistant Professor of History
My primary research and teaching interests center on American Indian history, minority and cultural history, and the American West. I received my doctorate from Arizona State University in 1995, where I had the good fortune to work with some of the leading scholars in the field.
I joined the history faculty at the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 1997, having previously taught at Idaho State University, Arizona State University, and Brigham Young University. Over the past several years I have offered courses in American Indian History, American West, Twentieth Century American History and Culture, Industrialization and Reform, as well as Senior Research (capstone) Seminars and U.S. History survey courses. In the future I expect to teach more specialized courses in American Indian history and the American West.
I have always been vitally interested in questions of ethnic and minority identity, and most of my work in American Indian history reflects that interest. I am currently working on a manuscript that explores the relationships between tribal identity politics and federal Indian policy, using the termination of the Mixed-blood Ute Indians of Utah as a case study. In addition to my current writing and research projects, I have published a series of articles relating to conflicts between Ute and Paiute Indians and Mormons in the Rocky Mountain West.
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History 1493: United States History since 1865
Examines several themes relevant to United States history since the Civil War period. The purpose of the course is to provide a general survey of significant events, as well as to provide a conceptual basis for understanding and interpreting social, political, economic, and cultural trends in the American past.
History 1543: The American Indian
Provides an overview of American Indian tribes within the continental limits of the United States from prehistory to the present. The course will focus on significant events in the history of these tribes and the impact of these events on tribal culture. Major themes will include the impact of European contact, the formulation and impact of government policies, cultural survival strategies, and the resurgence of tribal political and economic power in modern times.
History 3643: The American Indian since 1870.
Examines American Indian history from the reservation era of the late nineteenth century to contemporary times. During this period, indigenous Americans struggled to preserve cultural traditions while acculturating to the demands of modern society. They survived oppressive government programs of forced assimilation, and endured the fraudulent divestiture of much of their land, water, and mineral estate. Over time, Indian people learned to accommodate the demands of an often arbitrary and paternalistic government, and have more recently experienced a resurgence of tribal political and economic power.
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Updated: April 23, 1999
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