Preston Hotchkis Chair in the History of the United States
BA: University of Colorado, Boulder, 1994
MA: Harvard University, 1998
PhD: Harvard University, 2004
- US and the World
- American West
- 19th-century Americas
- transnational history
- US-Mexico Borderlands
- Native American History
- International Arms Trade
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 & 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 & Fellowships
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2019-2020
Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship, 2019-2020
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2017-2018
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2013-2014
UC Humanities Research Fellowship Grant, 2013-2014
UC Berkeley CORE Research Bridging Grant, 2012-2014
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 & Invited Talks Since 2007
“Guns and Revolution: The Arms Trade and the First Global Wave of Decolonization,” Boston College, September 2018
“Migration and the History of Immigration Enforcement on the U.S.-Mexican Border,” at conference on Borders, Borderlands, and Migration, organized by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Central European University, UC Berkeley, September, 2018
“Shoot the State,” roundtable presentation at the Western History Association, November 2017
“The Texas Gun Frontier and the Travails of Mexican History,” Gary L. Nall Lecture, West Texas A&M, October 2017
“Guns and Revolution: The Arms Trade and the Making of American Revolutions, 1774-1825,” University of Melbourne, October 2017
“Dam-Breaking: How the Arms Trade Enabled the First Global Wave of Decolonization, 1775-1825,” New York University, September 2017
“The Most Dangerous Man You’ve Never Heard Of,” invited presentation at symposium “Small Arms, Big Business: Trading Arms - Political, Cultural and Ethical Dimensions in Historical and Global Perspectives,” Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZIF), Bielefeld, Germany, June 2017.
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*)
On-air interview for hour-long program “The American Gun Industry: A Billion Dollar Business,” Australian Broadcasting Corporation, March 18, 2018
On-air interview for BBC Newsday on Remington’s bankruptcy, March 27, 2018
On-air interview for “City Visions,” KALW San Francisco, on youth protests against gun violence, March 26, 2018
On-air interview for BBC Radio 5 on America’s gun business, Feb. 26, 2018
On-air interview for “The Attitude,” Pacifica Network, on America’s gun business, February 20, 2018
“Gotham’s Gun Baron,” Spoken essay for BBC Radio Three program The Essay, January 2017
On-screen consultant for German documentary on the U.S. presidency, “Die US-Präsidenten und der Krieg,” produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk and aired nationally in Germany in November 2016.
“Guns, Capitalism, and Revolution in the Americas,” 2015 SHAFR keynote address filmed and broadcast on CSPAN’s American History TV, (first aired August 1, 2015).
Interview with Deborah Lawrence and Jon Lawrence for Contesting the Borderlands: Interviews on the Early Southwest (University of Oklahoma Press, 2016), 182-200.
Guest of NPR’s Backstory, with the American History Guys, January 17, 2014
Invited essay for the New York Times’ Room for Debate feature, July 2, 2013
Guest on NPR’s “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” Nov. 7, 2012.
Guest on PRI’s “The World,” April 12, 2011
On-screen consultant for “The Mexican-American War,” Oct. 29, 2006, History Channel
KERA “Think” radio interview on War of a Thousand Deserts, Dec. 1, 2008.
Select Professional Service
Co-Chair, SHAFR Taskforce on Conference Conduct and Sexual Harassment, 2019
Nominating Committee, Western History Association, 2019-2021
Editorial Board, Reviews in American History, 2019-2022
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
“Indian Polities, Empire, and Nineteenth-Century American Foreign Relations”Diplomatic History 39:5 (December 2015), 927-42.
“Watson and the Shark,” chapter in Brooke Blower and Mark Philip Bradley, eds., The Familiar Made Strange: American Icons and Artifacts after the Transnational Turn, Cornell University Press, 2015
“Blood Talk: Violence and Belonging in the Navajo-New Mexican Borderland,” in Juliana Barr and Edward Countryman, eds., Contested Spaces of Early America, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. (See Source Notes here and Source Data here.)
|Editor, North American Borderlands. Routledge, 2012.|
|War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008 [paperback, 2009].|
“Independent Indians and the U.S.-Mexican War,”American Historical Review 112 (Feb., 2007), 35-68.
“The Wider World of the Handsome Man: Southern Plains Indians Invade Mexico, 1830-1846,” Journal of the Early Republic27 (March, 2007), 83-113
“How the U.S. Government Created and Coddled the Arms Industry,” The Conversation, October 2017
"How Not to Arm a State: American Guns and the Crisis Of Governance In Mexico, Nineteenth and Twenty-First Centuries" [24th Annual W.P. Whitsett Lecture], Southern California Quarterly 95:1 (Spring 2013), pp. 5-23.
“Oportunismo, ansiedad, idealismo: los impulsos Estadunidenses durante la intervención Francesa en México,” in Jean Meyer, ed., Memorias del Simposio Internacional 5 de Mayo, El Colegio de Puebla, 2013, pp 269-288.
Co-author with James West Davidson, William E. Gienapp, Christine Leigh Heyrman, Mark H. Lytle, and Michael B. Stoff, Experience History: Interpreting America’s Past [Formerly Nation of Nations: A Narrative History of the American Republic], McGraw-Hill (2013). *Concise Edition: US/A Narrative History (2014).
“Comanches in the Cast: Remembering Mexico’s ‘Eminently National War,’” in Charles Faulhaber, ed., The Bancroft Library at 150: A Sesquicentennial Symposium, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.
“How Indians Shaped the Era of the U.S.-Mexican War,” abbreviated version of Independent Indians and the U.S.-Mexican War,” in Pekka Hämäläinen and Benjamin H. Johnson, eds., Major Problems in the History of North American Borderlands, Wadsworth, 2011.
Response to Daniel Walker Howe, Andrés Reséndez, Ned Blackhawk, and Leonard Sadosky’s essays in H-SHEAR roundtable on War of a Thousand Deserts, November 2010.
Top Young Historian essay, Historians News Network, October 2010.
“Forgotten Foes,”Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies (Fall 2010), 14-19.
“James Madison and the Scolds,” Review of J. C. A. Stagg, Borderlines in the Borderlands: James Madison and the Spanish American Frontier, 1776-1821, Passport 40:3 (January 2010).
“Why Mexico Fought,” review of Timothy J. Henderson, A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and its War with the United States, Diplomatic History33:1 (January 2010).
“19th Century Lessons for Today’s Drug War Policies,”The Chronicle Review, Tuesday, July 28, 2009,
“It’s Time We Remembered the Role of Indians in the U.S.-Mexican War,”History News Network, 3/9/2009
“War of a Thousand Deserts,” on The Page 99 Test,
“Navajo,” “Popé,” and “Pueblo Indians,” in Billy G. Smith, ed.Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763), Volume 2 in the 10-volume Facts on File Encyclopedia of American History (2003)
“Narrative Style and Indian Actors in the Seven Years’ War,”Common-Place: The Interactive Journal of Early American History, 1 (1), September 2000.
Work in Progress
Book project on the arms trade in the Americas, under contract with W.W. Norton.
“Foreign Relations between Indigenous Polities, 1820-1900,” essay forthcoming in Kristin Hoganson and Jay Sexton, eds., The Cambridge History of America and the World, Vol 2.