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MemberBrian Hosmer

Brian Hosmer holds the H.G. Barnard Chair of Western American History at the University of Tulsa, where he teaches a broad range of classes on American Indians, environment, history of the North American West, and “Imagined West.”  An active member of the academy for more than 25 years, Hosmer earned his MA and PhD in Western American History from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in History from the University of Vermont.  At Tulsa, he developed and co-directs the Oklahoma Indigenous Studies Alliance, designed and spearheaded an innovative  faculty-driven teaching and research initiative called “Cultures of the Americas,” co-directs the TU Institute for Bob Dylan Studies and served on the Board of Directors for the Woody Guthrie Center from 2013-17. From 2002-07 he served as Director of The Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History (now D’Arcy McNickle Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies) and held a faculty position at the University of Illinois at Chicago. That followed a six-year tenure at the University of Wyoming.  Hosmer’s research considers intersections between economic change and tribal nationhood in 20th century Native America. His publications include American Indians in the Marketplace, Native Pathways (with Colleen O’Neill), Tribal Worlds (with Larry Nesper) and Native Americans and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman.  With Larry Nesper he co-edits the book series, “Tribal Worlds: Critical Studies of American Indian Nation Building” (SUNY Press).  He his currently completing two book manuscripts, Working and Belonging on Wind River, and Indians of Illinois, A Concise History.