Indigenous Studies

Paul Kelton

Office: 3636 Wescoe Hall
Phone: 864-9450
Curriculum Vitae


Associate Professor and Chair (Ph.D. University of Oklahoma, 1998; B.A. University of Tulsa, 1992).

Professor Kelton's primary interests are indigenous peoples of North America, environmental, and Early American history. His latest book is Epidemics and Enslavement: Biological Catastrophe in the Native Southeast (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007); and he is currently working on a book entitled Cherokee Medicine/Colonial Germs: An Indigenous Nation and Introduced Diseases, 1518-1839. He is the author of “Shattered and Infected: Epidemics, Depopulation, and the Collapse of the Native Slave Trade, 1696-1715,” inMapping the Shatter Zone: the European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World ed. Robbie Etheridge. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009, 312-332; “Avoiding the Smallpox Spirits: Colonial Epidemics and Southeastern Indian Survival”; Ethnohistory 51 (Winter 2004): 45-71; “The Great Southeastern Smallpox Epidemic,” inTransformation of the Southeastern Indians, 1540-1760, ed. Robbie Ethridge and Charles Hudson, (Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2002); and "'At the Head of the Aboriginal Remnant': Cherokee Construction of a 'Civilized' Indian Identity During the Lakota Crisis of 1876," Great Plains Quarterly, 23 (Winter 2003): 3-17.

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