Practice Curriculum Vita




Department of History – University of North Carolina Wilmington

601 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5957



1520 Chestnut Street Email:

Wilmington, NC 28401

(910) 343-6970 (Home)

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Native American (Southeastern, Great Plains, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina), American West, Spanish Borderlands, Texas History, Ethnohistory, and U.S. surveys.



Ph.D.: 8/93. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. History. Dissertation: “Strangers for Family: Gifts, Reciprocity and Kinship in Caddoan-Euroamerican Relations, 1685-1835.”

M.A.: 7/89. Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA. History. Thesis: “Barr, Davenport, Murphy and Smith: Traders on the Louisiana-Texas Frontier.”

B.A.: 5/82. Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA. History and Journalism.



8/01 - Present. Professor of History. University of North Carolina Wilmington.

8/99 – 8/01 – Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina Wilmington

8/93 – 8/99 – Assistant Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

1/90 - 7/93. Lecturer. Blinn Junior College, College Station, TX.

8/92 - 12/92. Lecturer. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

1/89 - 5/89. Lecturer. Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA.


United States History to 1865 (HST 201) (also as an online web class)

United States History from 1865 (HST 202)

Antebellum U. S. (HST 354)

The Practice of History (HST 290)

Graduate History Methodology (HST 500)

Distance Learning Class, Southeastern Indian Ethnohistory





Looting Spiro Mounds: An American King Tut’s Tomb. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. 2006.

The Texas Indians. Texas A&M University Press, January 2004. (2004 T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award for Texas History presented by the Texas Historical Commission & Philosophical Society of Texas Book Award for 2005.)

Contrary Neighbors: The Southern Plains and the Removed Indians in Indian Territory. University of Oklahoma Press, October 2000. (2001 Oklahoma Book Award for Best Non-Fiction presented by the Oklahoma Center for the Book.)

The Caddo Chiefdoms: Caddo Politics and Economics, 700 A.D. to 1835. University of Nebraska Press, October 1998.

Life Among the Texas Indians: The WPA Narratives. Texas A&M University Press, April 1998.



"Minding Their Own Business: The Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Business Committee of the Early 1900s" in Native Pathways: American Indian Culture and Economic Development in the Twentieth Century. Economic Development and American Indian Culture. Edited by Brian C. Hosmer and Colleen O'Neill. University Press of Colorado., 2004.

“Facing Off: Indian-Spanish Relations in the Greater Southwest.” They Made Us Many Promises: The American Indian Experience. Edited by Phillip Weeks. Wheeling, IL.: Harlan Davidson, Inc., 2002.

"Between Kinship and Capitalism: French-Spanish Rivalry in the Colonial Louisiana-Texas Indian Trade." Journal of Southern History. 64 (May 1998): 197-218.

"An Expedition to the Kichai: The Journal of François Grappe, 24 September 1783" (with Katia Campbell). Southwestern Historical Quarterly 98 (July 1994): 58-78.

"Friendly Persuasions: Gifts and Reciprocity in Comanche-Euroamerican Relations" Chronicles of Oklahoma 62 (Fall 1993): 322-37.

"Edward Murphy (1761-1808): Irish Entrepreneur in Spanish Natchitoches" Louisiana History 32 (Fall 1991): 371-91.

"P-Checks, Sweet Potatoes, and Sack Shirts: A Social History of the Natchitoches Farmer during the Depression." North Louisiana Historical Journal 20 (Fall 1989): 99-112.

"Down Town: The City of Natchitoches During the Great Depression." Louisiana Folklife 12 (September 1988): 31-35.



“Indian Territory.” World Book Encyclopedia. Spring 2007.

“Oklahoma Territory.” The Encyclopedia of the New American Nation. Charles Scribner’s Sons.

"The Caddo Indians." The Encyclopedia of the Mexican War. Macmillan Publishing Company. April 1998.


On-air historical consultant. History Channel series Digging for the Truth. “Roanoke and the Lost Colony” episode. Aired 20 February 2006.


Indians and Emigrants: Encounters on the Overland Trails by Michael L. Tate. International History Review 28 (December 2006): 842-43.

From Dominance to Disappearance: The Indians of Texas and the Near Southwest, 1786-1859 by F. Todd Smith. American Indians Culture and Research Journal. 30 (Winter 2006): 142-45.

A Rediscovering of Caddo Heritage: The W. T. Scott Collection at the American Museum of Natural History and other Caddo Collections from Arkansas and Louisiana. By Bobby Gonzalez, Robert Cast, Timothy K. Perttula, and Bo Nelson. Chronicles of Oklahoma. At Press.

Unaffected by the Gospel: Osage Resistance to the Christian Invasion (1673-1906): A Cultural Victory by Willard Hughes Rollings. The Catholic Historical Review. 91 (July 2005): 550-51

Three Nations, One Place: A Comparative Ethnohistory of Social Change Among the Comanches and Hasinais During Spain's Colonial Era, 1689-1821 by Martha McCollough. American Historical Review. 110 (February 2005): 127-28.

Telling Stories the Kiowa Way by Gus Palmer, Jr. New Mexico Historical Review. 80 (Spring 2005): 250-51.



“Blood and the Burden of Lumbee History.” Oxford Round Table. St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, England, March 17, 2006.

“Indian History Without the Indians: A Call for an Ethnohistorical Approach.” Texas State Historical Association, Corpus Christi, Texas, 8 March 2002.

"The Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Business Council of the Early 1900s." The American Society for Ethnohistory, London, Ontario, Canada, 21 October 2000.

Commentator, “Anglo-Indian Relations in the Early South.” The Citadel Conference on the South, Charleston, SC, 7 April 2000.

Commentator, “American Indians Past and Present: Applications from Ethnohistory.” The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, 12 February 2000.

Session Chair, “Powwows, Mountain Spirits, and Song: Understanding the Power of Music and Dance on the Southern Plains.” Western History Association Conference, St. Paul, MN, 18 October 1997.



2005 Philosophical Society of Texas Book Award of 2005. For The Texas Indians.

2004 T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award for Texas History. For The Texas Indians presented by the Texas Historical Commission.

2004 UNCW Award for Faculty Scholarship.

2001 Oklahoma Center for the Book -- Award for Best Non-Fiction for Contrary Neighbors: Southern Plains and Removed Indians in Indian Territory.

1996-97 UNCW Teacher of the Year, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.

1995-1998, Faculty Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.

1996 Cahill Award. UNCW research grant.

1975-1978 United States Marine Corps. Infantryman. 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division.


Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, Western History Association, Texas State Historical Association, the American Society for Ethnohistory, and the North Carolina Association of Historians.


Manuscript and article evaluator for the University of Nebraska Press, Texas A&M University Press, University of Oklahoma, Ethnohistory, Louisiana History, and Plains Anthropologist. Writer of several newspaper editorials.



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