Major Field: United States history
Adviser: Kathleen A. DuVal
BA University of Central Arkansas, 2012
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
MA Thesis: “‘This Miserable Kingdom’: Indian and European Alliances in the Central Plains, 1692-1730.”
My dissertation, “Cycles of Sovereignty: Diplomacy and Movement in the Central Plains, 1702-1806,” is an ethnohistory of the eighteenth-century Otoes, Missouris, Kaws, and Pawnees. I focus on how these nations defended their borders and profited from changing political and economic climates, with a particular emphasis on strategies of movement to protect their sovereign peoples. My dissertation combines a study of how these groups claimed and maintained their territory at home with parallel analyses of Central Plains individuals as they traveled beyond their nations’ borders to negotiate their people’s sovereignty in Comancheria, Europe, and the United States.