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.