Brian DeLay

Associate Professor
Office Hours: 
Wednesday, 2-3 p.m.
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

  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2017
  • 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

  • Organizer/chair and presenter for roundtable “Arsenal to the World: The Missing History of the American Arms Trade,” OAH April 2017
  • "The Ungovernable Rio Grande,” Cal History Homecoming talk, February 2017
  • "The Texas Gun Frontier and the Travails of Mexican History, or, No More Weapons! (Unless they’re for Us),” CENFAD Colloquium, Temple University, January 2017
  • “The Texas Gun Frontier and the Travails of Mexican History, or, No More Weapons! (Unless they’re for Us),” University of Connecticut, October, 2016
  • "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*)

Media

Select Professional Service 

  • Series Editor with Steve Hahn and Amy Dru Stanley for University of Penn book series, “America in the Nineteenth Century”
  • Ray Allen Billington Prize Committee, Organization of American Historians, 2017-2019.
  • David J. Weber-Clements Center Prize Committee, Western History Association, 2016-2019.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of the Civil War Era, 2016-2019.
  • Bernath Lecture Prize Committee, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2015-2018.
  • External reviewer for UC Davis Undergraduate Program review, 2017
  • Editorial Board, Pacific Historical Review, 2012-2015.
  • Editorial Board, Ethnohistory, 2009-2012.
  • Louis Knott Koontz Memorial Award committee, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, 2012-15
  • CLAH Article Prize Committee (Chair), Conference on Latin American History, 2012
  • John Ewers Book Prize Committee, Western History Association, 2012
  • Secretary/Chair, Borderlands & Frontiers Studies Committee, Conference on Latin American History, 2011-2012
  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Conference Planning Committee, 2012, 2013
  • Organization of American Historians, Conference Planning Committee, 2012
  • Society for Historians of the Early Republic, Conference Planning Committee, 2012
  • Sons of the Republic of Texas, Summerfield G. Roberts Book Award Committee, 2010-2012
  • Local Arrangements Committee, Western History Association 2009 Annual Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Western History Association’s Huntington-WHA Ridge Prize Committee, 2009-2011.
  • American Society for Ethnohistory, Conference Planning Committee, 2005
  • Manuscript Reviewer for American Historical Review, Ethnohistory, Western Historical Quarterly, Law and History Review, Economics and Human Biology, Journal of the Early Republic; Enterprise & Society; Oxford University Press, Harvard University Press, University of Arizona Press, Yale University Press, University of Colorado Press, University of Kansas Press, University of Tennessee Press, University of Nebraska Press, Blackwell Publishing, and Rourke Publishing

 

Representative Publications: 

Refereed Publications

Other Publications

Work in Progress

  • “Shoot the State: Guns, Freedom, and Domination in the Americas, 1774-1934,” book project under contract with W.W. Norton.