Brian DeLay

Real name: 
Associate Professor
3219 Dwinelle
(510) 642-2611
Education: 

BA: University of Colorado, Boulder, 1994
MA: Harvard University, 1998
PhD: Harvard University, 2004

 

Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Interests: 

US and the World; American West; 19th-century Americas; transnational history; US-Mexico Borderlands; Native American History; International Arms Trade

Profile: 

Employment

  • Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 2010-Present
  • Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 2009-2010
  • Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2004-2009
  • Lecturer, Harvard University, Spring 2004

Select Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, Doshisha American Studies Seminar (Kyoto), 2014
  • Bryce Wood Book Award for the outstanding book on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities published in English, Latin American Studies Association, 2010
  • Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2010-2011
  • Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, 2008-2011
  • W. Turrentine Jackson Prize for best first book, Western History Association, 2009
  • Robert M. Utley Book Award, Western History Association, 2009
  • Southwest Book Award, sponsored by the Border Regional Library Association, 2009
  • James Broussard Best First Book Prize, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2008
  • Norris and Carol Hundley Best Book Award, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, 2008 [co-winner]
  • The Sons of the Republic of Texas Summerfield G. Roberts Best Book Award, 2008
  • Finalist, Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians, 2008
  • Bolton-Cutter Award for best borderlands article, Western History Association, 2008
  • Robert F. Heizer Prize for the best article in the field of ethnohistory, 2008
  • CLAH Article Prize, Conference on Latin American History, 2008
  • Stuart Bernath Article Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2008.
  • Phi Alpha Theta/Westerners International Prize for Best Dissertation, 2005
  • Harold K. Gross Prize from Harvard University for the dissertation “demonstrating the greatest promise of a distinguished career in historical research,” 2004

Select Grants and Fellowships

  • Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2013-14'
  • UC Humanities Research Fellowship Grant, 2013-14'
  • UC Berkeley CORE Research Bridging Grant, 2012-14’
  • Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2010-2011
  • Donald T. Harrington Fellowship, UT Austin, 2009-2010 (Declined).
  • University of Colorado Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities Research Grant, 2008.
  • American Philosophical Society / British Academy Fellowship, 2008.
  • Junior Faculty Development Award, University of Colorado, 2007.
  • Bill and Rita Clements Research Fellowship for the Study of Southwestern Americana, Full Year, Clements Center, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 2005-2006.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Full Year, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, 2005-2006 (Declined)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Full Year, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, 2005-2006 (Declined)
  • Packard Foundation Dissertation Finishing Grant, 2002-2003
  • American Philosophical Society, Philips Fund Grant for Native American Research, 2001

Select Presentations and Invited Talks Since 2007

  • "Guns, Capitalism, and the Independence of the Americas,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Conference Keynote, June 2015
  • “Dambreaking: Guns, Mercantilism, and the Demolition of Europe’s America,” the James P. Jones endowed lecture, Florida State University, March 2015
  • "Dambreaking: Mercantilism, Armaments, and the Demolition of Europe's America," Indiana University, October 10, 2014
  • "Gotham’s Gun Barons: New York City Arms the Americas, 1865-1934,” Doshisa University, Kyoto, Japan, July 25, 2014
  • "How Borderland Indians Shaped the Era of the U.S.-Mexcan War," Keynote address for the 2014 Doshisa American Studies Seminar, Kyoto, July 26, 2014
  • "War and Trade," roundtable on new histories of trade, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Lexington, June 2014
  • "Gotham's Gun Barons: New York City Arms the Americas, 1865-1934," Cambridge University, November 25, 2013
  • "A Protest of Arms: Guns and the Brittle State in Mexico, 1810-1920,” Cambridge University Borderlands Workshop, November 11, 2013
  • "Gotham’s Gun Barons: New York City Arms the Americas, 1865-1934,” Oxford University, October 21, 2013
  • "Marcellus Hartley: The Most Dangerous Man You've Never Heard Of," Organization of American Historians conference, April 2013
  • "A Good Story," invited presentation to admitted students and families at Cal Day, April 2013
  • "Beware the Metanarrative; or, How I Acquired My Resistance to Resistance," Kaplan Lecture, University of Pennsylvania, March 2013
  • "Domestic Dependent Notions: American Indians and the First Few Pages of American Empire," American Studies Association meeting, San Juan, Nov. 2013
  • “Indian History and the History of American Foreign Relations,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations annual conference, June 2012
  • “How Not to Arm a State: American Guns and the Mexican National Project, 1810-1920,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations annual conference, June 2012
  • “Opportunism, Anxiety, and Idealism: U.S. Impulses during the French Intervention in Mexico,” invited paper at el Simposio Internacional 5 de Mayo de Mexico, Biblioteca Palafoxiana, Puebla, Mexico, May 2012.
  • “How Not to Arm a State: American Guns and the Mexican National Project, 1810-1920,” Organization of American Historians annual conference, April 2012
  • Chair, roundtable on the state of the field in U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History, Organization of American Historians annual conference, April 2012
  • “So Far From God, So Close to the Gun Store: Borderlands Arms Trading and the Travails of Mexican History,” 26th Annual W.P. Whitsett Lecture, USC Northridge, March 2012
  • “War of a Thousand Deserts,” at the Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO, March 2012
  • “Frontiers, Borderlands, and Transnational History,” presentation at Huntington Library symposium on the Significance of the Frontier in an Age of Transnational History, Feb. 2012 [Audio in file#2]
  • “Sailing Backwards on Mexico’s ‘Iron River of Guns’: The Political Economy of the Arms Trade in the 19th and 21st Centuries, Harvard Kennedy School, Feb. 2012
  • “The Drug War and Borderlands History,” Cal Alumni Day, Oct. 2011.
  • “Blood Talk: Violence and Belonging in the Navajo-New Mexican Borderland,” invited paper at Stanford University’s Comparative Wests Seminar, April 2011
  • “Blood Talk: People and Peoples in the Navajo-New Mexican Borderland,” invited talk at UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center, March 2011
  • “Blood Talk: People and Peoples in the Navajo-New Mexican Borderland,” invited talk presentation the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute and the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, March 2011
  • “Patterns of Violence in Navajo-New Mexican Relations,” Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association annual meeting, Santa Clara CA, August 2010
  • “States and Stateless Peoples in George Herring’s From Colony to Superpower,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations annual meeting, Madison, WI, June 2010
  • “War of a Thousand Deserts,” invited Keynote Address to the James Rawley Conference in the Humanities, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, April 2011
  • “19th Century Lessons for Today’s Drug War Policies,” History as a Resource for Decision Making, UC Berkeley, March 2010
  • "Comanches in the Cast: Recovering Mexico's 'Eminently National War, 1830-1846," Bancroft Sesquicentennial Symposium, Berkeley, CA, March 2010.
  • “Mexico, Native Polities, and the Continuous 19th Century American Empire,” invited talk for the Harvard Symposium on 19th Century Empire, Cambridge, MA April 2009
  • “War of a Thousand Deserts: How Indians Shaped the Era of the U.S.-Mexican War,” paper presented to the El Paso History Museum, February 2009
  • “Putting Indians into the U.S.-Mexican War,” paper presented at the Organization of American Historians annual meeting, New York, March 2008.
  • “Military History and Non-State Peoples,” roundtable paper presented at the American Historical Association conference, Washington D.C., Jan. 2008.
  • “The French and Indian War,” public talk for the High Plains Chautauqua, Greeley, CO, Aug. 8, 2007
  • “The Comanche Lens: Seeing Nation States through Tribes on the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands,” invited talk at theUniversity of San Diego Trans-Border Institute, April. 2007.
  • “The Comanche Lens: Seeing Nation States through Tribes on the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands,” invited talk at the George and Anne Richards Civil War Era Center, Penn State University, Jan. 2007.
  •  “Independent Indians, the U.S.-Mexican War, and the Reshaping of North America,” paper presented at the American Historical Association conference, Atlanta, GA, Jan. 2007 (*Panel organizer*)
Representative Publications: 

Refereed Publications

Other Publications

Work in Progress

  • “Shoot the State: Arms, Capitalism, and Freedom in the Americas before Gun Control,” book project under contract with W.W. Norton.