Associate Professor of History
Adjunct Associate Professor of Native American Studies
Ph.D. in History, Cornell University, 1998
M.A. in History, Cornell University, 1995
B.A. in History and Anthropology, with High Honors, Oberlin College, 1989
NEH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2006-2007
NEH-American Antiquarian Society Long-term Fellowship, 2006-2007 (declined)
Newberry Library, Lloyd Lewis Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006-2007 (declined)
Georgia Historical Society, Malcolm and Muriel Bell Book Award, 2005
NEH Summer Seminar participant, “Early American Microhistories,” 2005
Huntington Library, Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellow, 2002-2003
University of Oklahoma, Junior Faculty Summer Research Grant, 2001, 2002, 2003
Huntington Library, Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellowship, 1999
American Historical Association, Michael Kraus Research Grant, 1997
Mellon Completion Fellowship, Department of History, Cornell University, 1996-1997
The Deaths of Acorn Whistler: Telling Stories on the Colonial American Frontier (manuscript in progress; under contract with Harvard University Press).
Okfuskee: A Creek Indian Town in Colonial America (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004; paperback edition, 2006).
Articles and Essays
“Of Ethnohistory, Archaeology, and Playing with Fire,” American Antiquity (forthcoming).
“Crossing Frontiers: Early American and Native American Histories,” Common-place 5 (2005).
“Indians and Race in Early America: A Review Essay,” History Compass 3 (2005): 1-17.
“Creeks and Colonists: Re-thinking the Southern Backcountry,” Journal of Southern History 70 (2004): 503-540.
“Native American History: Stories and Theories – A Review Essay” William and Mary Quarterly 60 (2003): 861-865.
“‘White & Clean’ & Contested: Creek Towns, Trading Paths, and Diplomatic Networks in the Aftermath of the Seven Years’ War,” Ethnohistory 50 (2003): 315-347; republished in Peter Mancall and James Merrell, American Encounters: Native and Newcomers from European Contact to Indian Removal, 1500-1850, 2nd ed. (New York: Routledge, 2007).
“Teaching the American History Survey at the Opening of the Twenty-First Century: A Roundtable Discussion,” moderated by Gary Kornblith and Carol Lasser, Journal of American History 87 (2001): 1409-1441; republished in Teaching American History in the 21st Century: Essays Adapted from The Journal of American History, 2001-2007 (Boston: Bedford, 2009).
“A New Turn for the Linguistic Turn,” Reviews in American History 28 (2000): 360-366.
“American Indian History and Local History,” in Carol Kammen and Norma Prendergast, The Local History Encyclopedia (Lanham, MD, 2000), pp. 16-20.
Pekka Hämäläinen, The Comanche Empire (New Haven, 2008), William and Mary Quarterly (forthcoming).
Colin G. Calloway, White People, Indians, and Highlanders: Tribal Peoples and Colonial Encounters in Scotland and America (New York, 2008), Journal of Social History (forthcoming).
Cameron B. Wesson, Households and Hegemony: Early Creek Prestige Goods, Symbolic Capital, and Social Power (Lincoln, 2008), The Historian (forthcoming).
Izumi Ishii, Bad Fruits of the Civilized Tree: Alcohol & The Sovereignty of the Cherokee Nation (Lincoln, 2008), American Indian Culture and Research Journal 33 (2009): 150-153.
Gregory Waselkov, A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814 (Tuscaloosa, 2006), Journal of Southern History 74 (2008): 441-443.
Tiya Miles and Sharon P. Holland, eds., Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country (Durham, 2006), Ethnohistory 54 (2007): 761-762.
Kathleen DuVal, The Native Ground: Indians and Colonists in the Heart of the Continent (Philadelphia, 2006), American Historical Review 112 (2007): 839-840.
Patricia Galloway, Practicing Ethnohistory: Mining Archives, Hearing Testimony, Constructing Narrative (Lincoln, 2006), Museum Anthropology Review 1 (2007): 41-42.
Tiya Miles, Ties that Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (Berkeley, 2005), on H-net, July 2006; reprinted in Voices of Indian Territory (Winter 2007), pp. 36-37.
Thomas J. Pluckhahn and Robbie Ethridge, eds., Light on the Path: The Anthropology and History of the Southeastern Indians (Tuscaloosa, 2006), in The Alabama Review 59 (2006): 221.
Christopher Oakley, Keeping the Circle: American Indian Identity in Eastern North Carolina 1885-2004 (Lincoln, 2005), in North Carolina Historical Review 83 (2006): 267-268.
Steven J. Oatis, A Colonial Complex: South Carolina’s Frontiers in the Era of the Yamasee War, 1680-1730 (Lincoln, 2004), in Journal of Southern History 72 (2006): 157-158.
Claudio Saunt, Black, White, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family (New York, 2005), in American Indian Culture and Research Journal 29 (2005): 126-128.
James Adair, The History of the American Indians, edited and with an introduction by Kathryn E. Holland Braund (Tuscaloosa, 2005), in The Alabama Review 58 (2005): 207-208.
Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 14: Southeast, edited by Raymond D. Fogelson. (Washington, D.C., 2004), in Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture (forthcoming).
David La Vere, The Texas Indians (College Station, 2004), in New Mexico Historical Review 80 (2005): 444-445.
Theda Perdue and Michael Green, eds., The Cherokee Removal: A Brief History with Documents, 2nd ed. (Boston, 2005), and Patrick Minges, ed., Black Indian Slave Narratives (Winston-Salem, 2004), in North Carolina Historical Review 82 (2005): 267-268.
Steven C. Hahn, The Invention of the Creek Nation, 1670-1763 (Lincoln, 2004), in Georgia Historical Quarterly 88 (2004): 545-547.
Robbie Ethridge, Creek Country: The Creek Indians and Their World (Chapel Hill 2003), in Georgia Historical Quarterly 88 (2004): 433-434.
Celia Barnes, Native American Power in the United States, 1783-1795 (Madison, 2003), in Georgia Historical Quarterly 88 (2004): 99-101.
Greg O’Brien, Choctaws in a Revolutionary Age, 1750-1830 (Lincoln, 2002), in Journal of Southern History 70 (2004): 130-131.
R. Douglass Hurt, The Indian Frontier, 1763-1846 (Albuquerque, 2002), in Montana: The Magazine of Western History 53 (2003): 74-75.
Michael O’Berg, Dominion and Civility: English Imperialism and Native America, 1585-1685 (Ithaca, 1999), in North Carolina Historical Review 79 (2002): 270-271.
Theda Perdue and Michael Green, The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Southeast (New York, 2001), in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 110 (2002): 102-103.
Bill Grantham, Creation Myths and Legends of the Creek Indians (Gainesville, 2002), on H-net, August 2002.
Claudio Saunt, A New Order of Things: Property, Power, and the Transformation of the Creek Indians, 1733-1816 (New York, 1999), in Western History Quarterly 31 (2000): 508-509.
Michael Morris, The Bringing of Wonder: Trade and the Indians of the Southeast, 1700-1783 (Westport, 1999), in Georgia Historical Quarterly 83 (1999): 583-584.
“Lying Together: The Imperial Implications of Cross-Cultural Untruths,” Newberry Library’s Seminar in Early American History, November 2009.
“Lies, Damn Lies, and Indian History: Killing Acorn Whistler,” Southern Intellectual History Circle, University of North Carolina, February 2008, and National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, March 2009.
“Meet at My Town: Localism in the Native American Southeast from the Mississippian Era to Removal,” Bay Area Seminar for Early American History and Culture, March 2007.
“Why Okfuskee? Native American History at the Huntington Library,” Huntington Library, March 2003.
“‘this mad Affair had like to have put the Fire out’: Eighteenth-Century Okfuskee,” Symposium on “The Alabama Frontier: Cultural Crossroads,” Montgomery, Alabama, January 2003.
“Contested Paths: Community, Diplomacy, and Colonial-Era Indian History,” Swarthmore College, February 2002.
“‘Peculiarly Connected’: The Creek Town of Okfuskee and the Evolution of the Eighteenth-Century Southeastern Backcountry,” Huntington Library, December 1997.
“Interdisciplinary Investigations and Inter-Cultural Relations: Ethnohistory and Eighteenth Century Creek Indian Communities,” Oberlin College, February 1997.
“The Last Refuge of a Governor: Indian Country, Imperial Reform, and the Career of James Glen,” Consortium for the Revolutionary Era, February 2010.
“Lying Together: Cross-Cultural Untruths and Their Imperial Implications,” Fifteenth Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, June 2009, and the 41st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 2010.
“Localism in the Eighteenth-Century Native American Southeast,” Fifth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference, April 2009.
“Communities, Families, and Nations: Creeks and Their Neighbors Prior to Removal,” Organization of American Historians,” April 2006.
“Killing Acorn Whistler: Telling Lies in the Eighteenth-Century Southeast,” American Society for Ethnohistory, November 2005.
“Creating ‘a very great Man’: Telling Lies about Acorn Whistler,” Southern Historical Association, November 2005.
“To the Backcountry and Back Again: The Yuchis’ Search for Stability in the Eighteenth-Century Southeast,” American Society for Ethnohistory, October 2004.
“Killing Peaceful Indians: The 1760 ‘Massacre’ of South Carolina’s Cherokee Hostages,” American Studies Association, October 2003.
“‘It was nothing Like a Talk’: The Role of Towns in Eighteenth-Century Creek-Cherokee Diplomacy,” American Society for Ethnohistory, October 2001.
“Westerners Turning East: The Creek Town of Okfuskee and Frontier Exchange in the Early American West,” Western History Association, October 2000.
“The ‘Great Old Path’?: Native Communities and Creek-British Relations,” American Society for Ethnohistory, October 1999.
‘White & Clean’ & Contested: Creek Towns, Trading Paths, and Diplomatic Networks in the Aftermath of the Seven Years’ War,” Fifth Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, June 1999.
“In the Wrong Place at the Right Time: The Creek Town of Alachua, the British Town of New Hanover, and the Role of ‘Outlaw’ Towns in the Southeastern Backcountry, 1750s-1770s,” Northwestern American Studies Association, April 1997.
“The Fanni Micos of Okfuskee: The Role of a Creek Town in Eighteenth-Century Inter- and Intra-Cultural Diplomacy,” American Society for Ethnohistory, November 1996.
University of Oklahoma, 2005-
University of Oklahoma, 1999-2005
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Reed College and University of Portland, Spring 1999
Portland Community College, Fall 1998
Cornell University, 1993-1995
Assistant Site Supervisor
Washington State University, 1990
Archaeological Field School, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
At the University of Oklahoma
Native American Studies Graduate Committee
Department of History’s Executive Committee
Native American Studies Executive Committee
Department of History’s Graduate Committee
Co-Chairman, Department of History’s Tenure Committee
Campus Disciplinary Committee
Committee to Revise the Graduate Curriculum in History
Committee to Revise the Undergraduate Curriculum in History
Founded the “Graduate Student Professionalization” seminar series
Department of Anthropology’s Search Committee in Southeastern Archaeology
Department of History’s Committee to Revise Tenure/Promotion Standards
Department of History’s Quality of Life Committee
Chairman, Department of History’s Award Committee
Larason Public Service Scholarship Committee
Advisory Committee, “Trail of Tears Project,” Museum of Natural History
Outside the University
Manuscript Referee: Oxford University Press, University of North Carolina Press, Cornell University Press, University of Nebraska Press, University of Georgia Press, University of Oklahoma Press, University of Tennessee Press, University Press of Florida, University of Alabama Press, McGraw-Hill.
Article Referee: Journal of American History, William and Mary Quarterly, Ethnohistory, Journal of Southern History, American Anthropologist, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, American Indian Quarterly, Native South, History Compass, Social Science History, Florida Historical Quarterly
Heizer Prize Committee, American Society for Ethnohistory
Series Advisory Board, “Early American Places,” University of Georgia Press.
Editorial Board, History Compass
Research Consultant, Euchee (Yuchi) Tribe of Indians
External Program Review, Ohio Humanities Council
Roundtable Organizer, Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians
Panel Organizer, Annual Meeting of the Institute of Early American History and Culture
Tenure/promotion reviews: Cornell University; University of Minnesota; Queens University; Augustana College
Seminar session leader: Swarthmore College; Oberlin College.
American Historical Association
American Society for Ethnohistory
McNeil Center for Early American Studies
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Organization of American Historians