Dissertation: “Red Gentlemen and White Savages: Indian Relations and Political Culture after the American Revolution, 1784-1800”
Director: Lance G. Banning
Committee Members: Michael Green, Theda Perdue, Philip Harling, Daniel Smith (ex officio); Dwight Billings (Sociology), Richard Jeffries (Anthropology)
Fields: U.S., 1763-1848; Native American; U.S. South; 18th-19th-Century Britain
M.A., University of Kentucky, 1996
A.B., Harvard University (magna cum laude), 1992
Books: Red Gentlemen & White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for Order on the American Frontier. Jeffersonian America series. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008.
Book Manuscript in Progress: Engines of Diplomacy: The Rise and Fall of the United States' Indian Trading Factories, 1796-1822. Manuscript completed; submission to press planned for late 2011.
Forthcoming Book Project: “Unsettled Country: The Changing Economic Culture of the Chickasaw Indians, 1763-1865.” Research and writing in progress.
Articles and Book Chapters: “James Monroe: Governor of Virginia and Diplomat Abroad, 1799-1810.” Submitted to the Blackwell Companion to James Madison and James Monroe, ed. Stuart Leibiger (forthcoming).
"A Commercial Embassy in the Old Northwest: The U.S. Indian Trading Factory at Fort Wayne, 1803-1812." Ohio Valley History 8:4 (Winter 2008), pp. 1-16.
"Colonizing the 'Western World:' Western Settlers, 1780-1830," in Andrew Frank, ed., Early Republic: People and Perspectives (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2008), 101-118.
“A Rejoinder to Jefferson’s Notes on Virginia: François Barbé de Marbois in Iroquoia, 1784.” New York History, 84 (Fall 2003), 389-408.
“Land, Republicanism, and Indians: Power and Policy in Early National Georgia, 1780-1825.” Georgia Historical Quarterly, 85 (Summer 2001), 199-226.
“‘The Main Mean of Their Political Management:’ George Washington and the
Practice of Indian Trade in the Early Republic,” in George Washington in and As
Culture: Bicentenary Explorations, ed. Kevin Cope (New York: AMS Studies in
the 18th Century, 2001), 143-161.
Encyclopedia Articles: "Civilization Policy," "Continental Congress, Indian Policy of," "Dearborn, Henry," "Great Britain, Indian Policy of," "Revolutionary War," "U.S. Indian Policy: Congress and the Executive, 1803-1848," and "The War Department," in The Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law, ed. Paul Finkelman and Tim Garrison (Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2008)
"The Impressment Crisis of 1807-1812," in Disasters, Accidents, and Crises in American
History, ed. Ballard Campbell (New York: Facts on File, 2008)
"James Otis" and "Writs of Assistance," in The Encyclopedia of American Civil
Liberties, ed. Paul Finkelman et al. (New York: Routledge, 2006)
“Kentucky,” in The Encyclopedia of the New American Nation, ed. Paul Finkelman et
al. (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005)
“William Vans Murray” and “William Loughton Smith,” in American National Biography, ed. John Garraty and Mark Carnes (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999)
“Gideon Blackburn” and “The Brainerd Mission,” in The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture by Carroll Van West et al. (Tennessee Historical Society, 1998)
Reviews: Robert J. Alderson, Jr., This Bright Era of Happy Revolutions: French Consul Michel-Ange-Bernard Mangourit and International Republicanism in Charleston, 1792-1794 for The Journal of the Early Republic 30 (Summer 2010): 335-338
Jerry Clark, The Shawnee for Ohio Valley History 9:3 (Fall 2009), 77-79
William Ramsey, The Yamasee War: A Study of Culture, Economy, and Conflict in the Colonial South for The Journal of American Ethnic History, 29 (Fall 2009), 92-93
Alden Vaughan, Transatlantic Encounters: American Indians in Britain, 1500-1776 for Ethnohistory 55 (Winter 2008), 169-170.
Susan Kalter, ed., Benjamin Franklin, Pennsylvania, and the First Nations: The Treaties of 1736-1762 for Pennsylvania History 74 (Summer 2007), 414-417.
John Kleber, ed., Thomas D. Clark of Kentucky, and Thomas Clark, My Century in History, for Ohio Valley History 6 (Winter 2006), 83-86.
Valerie Mathes and Richard Lowitt, The Standing Bear Controversy: Prelude to Indian Reform for the Western Historical Quarterly 36 (Spring 2005), 75-76.
Judith Van Buskirk, Generous Enemies: Patriots and Loyalists in Revolutionary New York for Pennsylvania History 71 (Summer 2004), 237-239.
Neal Hammon and Richard Taylor, Virginia’s Western War, 1775-1786, for Ohio Valley History 4 (Spring 2004), 73-74.
David Hendrickson, Peace Pact: The Lost World of the American Founding for The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 101 (Autumn 2003), 507-508.
John Oliphant, Peace and War on the Anglo-Cherokee Frontier, 1756-1763 for Reviews in American History, 30 (Sept. 2002), 373-380.
James Read, Power versus Liberty: Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson for Florida Historical Quarterly, 80 (Summer 2002), 393-396.
John Sugden, Blue Jacket: Warrior of the Shawnees for The Filson History Quarterly, 75 (Summer 2001), 400-402.
Robert Grumet, ed., Journey on the Forbidden Path: Chronicles of a Diplomatic Mission to the Allegheny Country for The Northwest Ohio Quarterly 73 (Spring 2001), 103-105.
David Mattern, Benjamin Lincoln and the American Revolution, for The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 94 (Summer 1996), 306-308.
Conference Papers: “Commodification and Chickasaw Economic Culture, 1700-1837,” Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, Pasadena, CA, 21 Oct. 2011 (forthcoming).
“Indigenous Economies and the Nation-State: The Case of the United States’ Indian Trading Factories,” Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, New Orleans, LA, 2 Oct. 2009
"'Like So Many Armies:' The First U.S. Indian Trading Factories in the Louisiana Purchase, 1805-1810," Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, NE, 6 March 2008
"Borderlands and Middle Grounds: The Frontier in Recent North American Historiography," Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies 2007 Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 7 April 2007
"A Commercial Embassy in the Old Northwest: The U.S. Indian Trading Factory at Fort Wayne, 1803-1812," Annual Meeting of the Indiana Association of Historians, Hanover, IN, 18 February 2006
“Indians, Federalists, and Kentuckians: The Ironies of Governance and Security on the Post-Revolutionary Frontier,” Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Providence, RI, 23 July 2004
“The Rites of Diplomacy, or, The Importance of Not Being Churlish: Woodland Indian Treaty Ceremonies and American Political Culture,” East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Greensburg, PA, 3 Oct. 2003
“Rites of Surrender: The 1786 Fort Finney Conference and the Social Context of Diplomacy in the Ohio Valley,” Filson Institute Conference, Louisville, 16 May 2003
“The Attaché’s Rejoinder: François Barbé de Marbois in Iroquoia, 1784,” Conference on New York State History, Saratoga Springs, 8 June 2002
“‘To Set Them at Deadly Variance:’ The U.S. Government and Intertribal Warfare Among the Woodland Indians, 1775-1815,” Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Los Angeles, 26 April 2001
“The Return of the Fathers: Franco-American Relations and the Politics of Nostalgia in Native North America, 1778-1803,” Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Lexington, KY, 18 July 1999
“Land, Republicanism, and Indians: The Indian Policies of the Georgia Elite, 1780-1825,” 64th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Birmingham, AL, 12 November 1998
“The Transformation of Indian Civilization Policy,” Ohio Valley History Conference, Bowling Green, KY, 19 October 1996
“Henry Knox, Confederation Indian Policy, and Constitutional Reform,” Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, 4 October 1996
“Timothy Pickering and the Iroquois,” Ohio Valley History Conference, Murray, KY, 20 October 1995
Other Presentations: “Losing a War and Winning the Peace: The War of 1812,” presentation at Vigo County Public Library, 21 July 2011.
Moderator at “The Other Side of the Northwest Frontier,” colloquium on Native Americans in the War of 1812, Indiana State University, 12 February 2011.
"North America and the First Global War: The French and Indian War, 1754-1763." Three-part mini-course for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Terre Haute, IN, 21 Sept., 28 Sept., and 5 October 2010.
"How to Turn Your Dissertation into a Book." National Library Week Panel, Library Consortium of Vigo County, Indiana, 13 April 2010.
"Creating a Commercial Borderland: Trade and Diplomacy at the U.S. Indian Factories of the Northern Louisiana Purchase, 1805-1813." Indiana State University Social Science Research Colloquium, 2 April 2009.
"The Real West." Lecture presented to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Terre Haute, IN, 18 March 2009.
"One Great Respectable and Flourishing Empire: The Conquest of the Trans-Appalachian Indians, 1789-1830." Indigenous Peoples' Day address, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, 13 October 2003.
Awards and Honors: Participant, NEH Summer Seminar, “The Ethnohistory of Indians in the Southeast,” 2011
Co-applicant (successful) for Indiana Humanities Council Grant, 2010
E. Merton Coulter Prize, Georgia Historical Society, 2002
Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of Kentucky, 1998-9
Phillips Fund Grant, American Philosophical Society, 1998
David Library of the American Revolution Fellowship, 1998
Price Visiting Research Fellowship, Clements Library, 1998
Presidential Fellowship, University of Kentucky, 1995-6
Open Competition Fellowship, University of Kentucky, 1994-5
Professional Associations: American Association of University Professors
American Society for Ethnohistory
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Organization of American Historians
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
Southern Historical Association
Positions Held: Associate and Assistant Professor, Indiana State University, Fall 2004 – present. Teach U.S. survey courses and upper-division and graduate classes on Colonial America, Indian & Europeans in Early America, the American Revolution, the Atlantic World, and Frontiers and Borderlands. Co- leader of First-Year Learning Community classes, 2005-09. Serve on History Department’s Graduate and Retention and Tenure Committees, and on ISU Faculty Affairs Committee; served on Hist. Department’s Assessment Committee, Eastern/Continental European Search Committees, College of Arts & Sciences’ Council of Academic Advisors and Program Prioritization Evaluation Group, CAS Faculty Council (vice-chair Fall 2008, chair Spring 2009), and CAS Administrative Affairs Committee (chair Spring 2010)
Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Fall 2001-Spring
2004. Taught U.S. survey courses and upper division classes on Colonial
America, the American Revolution, U.S. Civil War, Frontier America, Social
Origins of Democracy, and American Childhood. Directed Arthur St. Clair
Lecture Series (annual lectures on western Pennsylvania history by prominent
historians) and corresponding undergraduate and high school seminar meetings
with each lecturer. Co-advised UPG chapter of Pi Gamma Mu; served as faculty
advisor to History majors; member of Faculty Senate Council.
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, Fall 2000-Summer 2001. Taught U.S. history survey courses (Colonial Era-1865 and 1865-present) and upper-level courses on the American Revolution, the Early American Republic, Eastern Native American History, Western Native American History, and Historical Methods. Supervised eight graduate teaching assistants; developed lectures, writing assignments and exams; delivered lectures; led class discussions; graded assignments.
Visiting Assistant Professor and Adjunct Lecturer, Indiana University Southeast, Fall 1999 - Spring 2000. Taught U.S. history survey courses and Colonial American History.
Courses Taught: Indiana State University:
HIST 201: The United States to 1877
HIST 358: The Atlantic World
HIST 411/511: The Colonial Experience
HIST 413/513: Revolutionary America and the New Nation
HIST 436/536: Indians & Europeans in Early America
HIST 623: Proseminar: Topics in U.S. History
HIST 695: History Readings
HIST 699: Master's Thesis
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg:
HIST 0600: History of the United States to 1877
HIST 0601: History of the United States since 1865
HIST 1005: Special Topics: History of American Childhood
HIST 1610: Colonial America
HIST 1611: The American Revolution, 1763-1791
HIST 1614: The American Civil War
HIST 1625: Frontier America
HIST 1955: History Capstone: The Social Structure of Democracy
University of Kentucky:
HIS 695: Independent Graduate Readings
Indiana University Southeast:
H105 - 106: History of the United States to/since 1865
A301: Colonial and Revolutionary America
Departmental and University Service (Indiana State): American Democracy Project Working Group
College of Arts & Sciences Administrative Affairs Committee
College of Arts & Sciences Council of Academic Advisors
College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Council (Vice-Chair Fall 2008, Chair Spr. '09)
History Department Assessment Committee (Secretary and Chair)
History Department Graduate Committee
History Department Grievance Committee
History Department Joint Continental/Eastern European Search Committee
Master's Committees: Jerod Adler, Brad Crow (chair), Curtis DeBaun, Jessica Fields, Logan Knight (chair), Jacqueline Miller (chair), Ryan Moore, Jennifer Roman (chair), Michelle Thoman (chair), Jiuping Wang, Andrew Wylie
Professional Service: Referee for:
Ethnohistory (1997 and 2008)
Journal of the Early Republic (1998, 2011)
Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (2008)
National Historical Records and Publications Commission (2004)
Ohio Valley History (2006, 2008, 2011)
University of Nebraska Press (2008)
Member of Southern Historical Association Membership Committee, 2010-11
Non-Academic Work Experience: Consultant to Concord Coalition of Connecticut, 1994. Helped organize and administer state chapter of the Concord Coalition, a national not-for-profit public-interest organization focusing on the elimination of the federal budget deficit.
VISTA Volunteer, 1992-3. Supervised after-school academic tutoring program for at-risk children at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Bridgeport, Connecticut.