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Announcement: Candidates for ASE Elections 2017

Running for the Office of President:

Nancy Shoemaker
University of Connecticut

She writes, “I attended my first Ethnohistory conference in 1988 in Williamsburg, Virginia, while a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, where I completed a Ph.D. in history in 1991. Since 1998, I have taught at the University of Connecticut. My scholarship has ranged from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries and from North America to the Pacific. I have published three monographs—American Indian Population Recovery in the Twentieth Century (1999), A Strange Likeness: Becoming Red and White in Eighteenth-Century North America (2004), and Native American Whalemen and the World: Indigenous Encounters and the Contingency of Race (2015)—and five edited volumes, most recently Living with Whales: Documents and Oral Histories of Native New England Whaling History (2014) and the co-edited collection Why You Can’t Teach United States History Without American Indians (2015). I am now finishing up a book on Americans in nineteenth-century Fiji. I have received research fellowships from the Monticello College Foundation at the Newberry Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Huntington Library, American Antiquarian Society, and Massachusetts Historical Society. Ethnohistory has always felt like home. Through its annual meetings and journal, the organization allows for in-depth conversations with people who know a lot about the particulars of one’s research topic. And more than any other conference I’ve attended, the culture of the annual meeting is welcoming, open-minded, and infused with a mentoring spirit.”

Running for the Office of Secretary:

Cary Miller
University of Manitoba

Cary Miller became the new Head of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba in July of 2017.  Previously she has taught for fifteen years in the History Department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she has served as the Director of American Indian Studies for five years.  Her work centers on traditional Anishinaabeg leadership and the ways that this transnational system of communities addressed the challenges of missionaries, treaties and settler-state borders in their midst in the early nineteenth century.  She earned her doctorate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Cary Miller published Ogimaag: Anishinaabeg Leadership, 1760–1845 with the University of Nebraska Press,reexamines Ojibwe leadership practices and processes in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It is a powerful and dynamic portrayal of Anishinaabeg life and leadership 

Running for the Two Positions for Councilor:

Cathleen Cahill
Pennsylvania State University

She writes, “I’m honored to have been nominated to serve on the council. I’ve been involved in Ethnohistory since the 2003 Riverside, California conference. As a nervous young grad student, I was introduced to a community of generous and thoughtful scholars, and I appreciate the opportunity to give back to the organization. I have been a professor of History at the University of New Mexico for thirteen years and am moving to Pennsylvania State University this fall. My scholarship has been focused on the intersections of gender, place, labor, and identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the United States.

My first book, Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869-1933, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2011. I also co-edited a special issue of Frontiers on interracial relationships in Native North America. My current research explores the intersections of identity and political activism—specifically suffrage activism—of Native American, Asian American, Hispanic, and Black women in the early twentieth century. An additional project, Indians on the Road: Gender, Race, and Regional Identity, focuses on Indigenous mobility and the relationship between transportation technology and territorial claims on the West Coast.

I strive to engage in interdisciplinary conversations, for example I’ve been involved in the Newberry Library’s Consortium in American Indian Studies for many years. I have served on the Ethnohistory nomination committee and program committee (Santa Fe, 2005), and have also reviewed articles for the journal. If elected, my priority will be listening to members and bringing their ideas and input into the council meetings. I look forward to working with all the constituents of Ethnohistory to encourage continued innovation and outreach that will attract the next generation of scholars to our excellent organization.”

Ashley Riley Sousa
Middle Tennessee State University

She writes, “Ethnohistory is where I learned to be a member of a professional, scholarly community. I presented my first paper at the 2009 meeting in New Orleans while a graduate student at Yale University. From that point forward Ethnohistory has been my intellectual and professional home. My research focuses on interactions between California Indians and white and Native Hawaiian settlers in nineteenth-century California. I have published an article on the California Indian genocide in the Journal of Genocide Studies as well as an article on Native-settler intermarriage in Ethnohistory. My book project extends this theme, examining the construction of multi-ethnic indigenous communities and tribal identities in Central California in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My research has been generously supported by fellowships from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Huntington Library, and the American Antiquarian Society’s Phillips Fund for Native American Research. I have been privileged to serve Ethnohistory this past year, both as a member of the journal’s editorial board and as a member of the program committee and local arrangements committee for the 2016 meeting in Nashville. I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue serving an organization that has done so much to give young scholars a supportive environment to share their research and seek mentorship from an approachable community of established scholars.”

Carolyn Podruchny
York University

She writes, “As a lifetime member of the American Society for Ethnohistory, I am passionate about the field that seeks to assist Indigenous peoples in telling their own stories and that promotes interdisciplinary inquiry, methods, and analyses. The field of ethnoshistory inspired and guided my PhD, earned in 1999 at the University of Toronto in history, and has shaped my teaching in history departments at Western Michigan University (2001-04) and York University (2004-present). My research focuses on the relationships forged between Indigenous peoples and French newcomers in northern North America. My first monograph, Making the Voyageur World: Travelers and Traders in the North American Fur Trade (2006) examines French Canadian voyageurs that worked in the North American fur trade based out of Montreal, and ranging to the Great Lakes, the Great Plains, northern woodlands, and the subarctic. I have co-edited three books: Decentring the Renaissance: Canada and Europe in Multidisciplinary Perspective, 1500-1700 (2001), which examines colonial encounters in early Canada; Gathering Places: Aboriginal and Fur Trade Histories (2010), which illuminates theories and methodologies in ethnohistory in central North America, spanning the Canadian and U.S. borderlands; and Contours of a People: Metis Family, Mobility and History (2012), which traces Metis history in diverse corners of northwestern North America. I am currently writing a book about the meeting of stories in the fur trade, and the work stories perform in shaping encounters and making places. I have served as co-editor for Journal of the Canadian History Association / Revue de la Société historique du Canada and currently co-edit Histoire sociale / Social History. I served the ASE from 2004 to 2007 as its Secretary-Treasurer, from 2007 to 2008 as its Secretary, and from 2015 to 2017 as an editor for its journal. I am keen to continue my commitment to nurturing the growth of this discipline, which has helped me to celebrate Indigenous sovereignty and resistance, make sense of Canada’s colonial past, and to find a way forward in reconciliation by exploring the history of encounters and relationships.”

Dear members, having considered the candidates, please check your email for the link to vote.  Please vote by October 10, 2017.  If you are a member, and cannot find your email, please contact: ASE Secretary Cary Miller.