Julia M. Lewandoski

PhD Candidate

North America


My doctoral work brings together indigenous, legal, and cartographic histories to study land tenure regimes across contested indigenous territories in eighteenth and nineteenth century North America. My dissertation compares the conditions of possibility created by imperial sovereignty transitions for indigenous proprietors in Quebec, Louisiana, and California. I am broadly interested in the History of Cartography, the Atlantic and Pacific worlds, Borderlands, Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), and Science and Technology Studies.

I hold a BA in History & Literature from Harvard College, and an MA in Atlantic History from McGill University. My doctoral work has been supported by the American Society for Legal History, the Huntington Library, the American Philosophical Society, the Harvard Economic History Project, the Center for Canadian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, among others. I am currently a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow.


Research Interests

  • Native American History
  • The Atlantic and Pacific Worlds
  • Borderlands
  • Early American History
  • History of Cartography
  • Legal History
  • History of Capitalism
  • History of California


Awards & Fellowships

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2018-2019

Amos E. Simpson Travel Grant, Louisiana Historical Association, 2018-2019

Teaching Effectiveness Award, University of California, Berkeley , 2017-2018

Kerzner Research Grant, Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2017-2018

Cromwell Early Career Scholar Fellowship, American Society for Legal History, 2017-2018

Bendix Memorial Fellowship, Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2016-2017

Simpson Fellowship, Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2016-2017

Mellon Research Fellowship, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California, 2016-2017

Phillips Fund for Native American Research, American Philosophical Society, 2016-2017

Harvard Economic History Project Research Fellowship, Harvard University, 2016-2017

Arthur J. Quinn Memorial Fellowship, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2016-2017

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2015-2016

George H. Guttridge Prize in American Colonial History, University of California, Berkeley, 2015-2016

Edward Hildebrand Fellowship, Canadian Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley 2014-2016

Doctoral Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2013-2017


Publications

"'The Same Force, Authority, and Effect': Formalizing Native Property and British Plurality in Lower Canada," Quebec Studies, 2016: Supplemental Issue: 149-170 (peer reviewed)

"Failure and Fantasy on the Banks of the Ohio, an Interview with Benjamin Hoffmann,"  The Blog of the Journal of the History of Ideas, May 22, 2017.

"Maps: A Beginner's Cartography,"  Backlist: Historians recommend the books they love, February 17, 2016.

"No Impact: The Tunguska Event,"  Primer Stories, December 1, 2014.


Presentations

"Abenaki Proprietorship and the Founding of the Eastern Townships," Plenary Address, Annual Meeting of the Georgeville Historical Society, Georgeville, Quebec, Canada, July 8, 2018

Panel Organizer: "Inherited Empire: Civil Law and Custom in 'New France' after 1763"; Paper Title: "Lingering Empire: French Land Tenure and Indigenous Nations in British Quebec," Omohundro Institute Annual Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia, June 14-17, 2018

"Reading the Settler Property Archive for Indigenous Geographies of Bayou Teche," Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting (NAISA), Los Angeles, California, May 17-20, 2018

"California Indigenous Proprietors from Secularization to Allotment," New and Emerging Studies of Colonial Borderlands Graduate Student Workshop, Huntington Library, San Marino, California, March 16, 2018

"Mapping Indigenous California History," Lecture and Map Exhibit, University of California Map Library, March 9, 2018

"Native Claims Across Nations: Indigenous Land Ownership in Mexican and U.S. California, 1840-1860," Bancroft Library Roundtable, University of California, Berkeley, November 16, 2017

Panel Organizer: "Sovereignty in Practice: Local Defenses of Native Land"; Paper Title: "Local Legibility and Land Claims: 'Indian Title' in nineteenth century Louisiana and California," American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, October 11-14, 2017

"Claiming Land and Re-Constituting Indigenous Landscape at Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, 1834-1857," Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting (NAISA), Vancouver, British Columbia, June 22-25, 2017

"Defending Real Property: Indigenous Landholding after Imperial Treaties in Quebec, Louisiana, and California, 1763-1863," Crossing Paths Lecture Series, American Indian Graduate Student Association, University of California, Berkeley, March 22, 2017

"Empire Without Treaties: Native Americans and the Private Land Claims Process in 19th Century Louisiana," American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, November 10-13, 2016

"'The kind of title while the Indians enjoy': Aboriginal Title, Spanish Policy, and American Land Claims in Louisiana," The Fourth Early Americanist Summit, Washington DC, June 2-4, 2016

"Mapping Without the State: Vernacular Land Surveying in Transitional Quebec and Louisiana, 1760-1820," Science, Knowledge, and the Atlantic World Colloquium, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, University of California, Berkeley, April 23, 2015

"Formalizing Native Property and British Plurality in Lower Canada," Quebec Studies Colloquium, American Council on Quebec Studies, Montreal, Quebec, Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"The Flexibility of Land Policy in British Quebec," Society for French Historical Studies Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, April 12-14, 2014