Interim Department Chair
Professor and Gardiner Chair in American History (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1998)
Office: SBS S-329
Interests: Indigenous peoples of North America, environment and medicine, early American history
I have examined the biological processes involved in the European takeover of the Americas in two books: Epidemics and Enslavement and Cherokee Medicine, Colonial Germs. By placing local struggles with epidemics within the large-scale context of colonialism's social disruption, structural violence, and political upheaval, my historical research has contemporary relevance to debates over global health disparities and emerging infectious diseases. I am continuing my research on Indigenous experiences with European-introduced diseases with multiple ongoing projects detailing the contours of Native death and survival during the Seven Years War in North America, the American Revolution, and Indian Removal.
ASSISTANT TO THE CHAIR
For questions, contact Undergraduate Chair, Eric Zolov