Current Leadership

Nancy Shoemaker
University of Connecticut

Nancy Shoemaker is a Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. She has 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 in Native American history. Her most recent research has taken a more global perspective. She is in the final stages of completing a book on Americans in nineteenth-century Fiji and has a new project underway, which is a global, environmental history of soap, particularly the various oils that constitute soap’s main ingredient.

Past President:
Matthew Restall
Pennsylvania State University

Matthew Restall is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Anthropology at Penn State. He has served on the editorial team of Ethnohistory journal since 1997.

Pete Sigal
Duke University

Pete Sigal is professor of the history of sexuality and Latin American history at Duke University. He is author of The Flower and the Scorpion: Sexuality and Ritual in Early Nahua Culture (Duke University Press, 2011), a study on the interaction of writing and sexual representation in sixteenth and seventeenth-century indigenous Nahua societies of Mexico which won the Erminie Wheeler Voegelin Award from the American Society of Ethnohistory, for the best book published in 2011. With Zeb Tortorici and the late Neil Whitehead, he recently completed an edited collection, a study of “ethnopornography,” the relationship between the colonial and ethnographic gaze and sexuality throughout the world, due out with Duke University Press in 2019. He is completing a study of colonialism and sexuality, “Sustaining Sexual Pleasure: A History of Colonial and Postcolonial Voyeurism,” that takes four objects: the naked native in the colonial circum-Caribbean, the Hottentot Venus, the black men in Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs, and black and Latino/a men in US pornography, to relate modern sexual pleasure to the colonial gaze. Sigal has moved from studying sexual desires in indigenous communities to examining the colonial cultural processes that create global concepts of modern sexuality, gender, masculinity, and femininity. Sigal also is author of From Moon Goddesses to Virgins: The Colonization of Yucatecan Maya Sexual Desire (University of Texas Press, 2000), and editor of Infamous Desire: Male Homosexuality in Colonial Latin America (University of Chicago Press, 2003).

Secretary & Treasurer:
Kristalyn M. Shefveland
University of Southern Indiana

Kristalyn M. Shefveland is an Associate Professor and the Interim Chair of the Department of History at the University of Southern Indiana and the author of Anglo-Native Virginia: Trade, Conversion, and Indian Slavery in the Old Dominion, 1646-1722, Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2016. A scholar of the indigenous Eastern Woodlands of North America, her research focuses on the intersections of settlers and indigenous peoples in the American Southeast and she is currently working on a book on historical memory of Florida.

Council Member:
Cathleen Cahill
Pennsylvania State University

Cathleen Cahill is an associate professor in the department of history at Pennsylvania State University. She published Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869-1933 in 2011. Cathleen’s 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

Council Member:
Carolyn Podruchney
York University

Carolyn’s 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. She has co-edited three books: Decentring the Renaissance: Canada and Europe in Multidisciplinary Perspective, 1500-1700 (2001); Gathering Places: Aboriginal and Fur Trade Histories (2010), and Contours of a People: Metis Family, Mobility and History (2012). 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.

Council Member:
Ashley Riley Sousa
Middle Tennessee State University

Ashley Riley Sousa is Assistant Professor of History at Middle Tennessee State University. Her research explores relations between California Indians and settlers in Central California, especially the Native Hawaiian and California Indian diasporic communities that coalesced into new societies the Central Valley after the gold rush, the development of Hawaiian Indian identity, and the ways Hawaiian Indians interacted with federal Indian policy in the twentieth century.  Her work has appeared in the journal Ethnohistory and the Journal of Genocide Research.

Council Member:
Heather Roller
Colgate University

Heather Roller is an Associate Professor of Latin American History at Colgate University.  She received her PhD (2010) from Stanford University.  Her research centers on how cross-cultural interactions and relationships shaped both indigenous and colonial societies in the lowlands of South America. She is the author of Amazonian Routes: Indigenous Mobility and Colonial Communities in Northern Brazil (Stanford University Press, 2014). Her current book project focuses on autonomous indigenous groups in northern and western Brazil and their long histories of contact with outsiders.

Nomination Committee Member:
Stephen Warren
University of Iowa

Stephen Warren is an Associate Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Iowa.  He has published two monographs—The Shawnees and Their Neighbors: 1795-1870 (2005) and The Worlds the Shawnees Made (2014)—and one edited volume. His recent research explores Community-Engaged Scholarship in Native American Studies, the history of the American Society for Ethnohistory, and the Indigenous Midwest.

Nomination Committee Member:
Mark Z. Christensen
Assumption College

Mark Christensen is Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University. As a Colonial Latin American Historian, his specialization includes Nahua (Aztec) and Maya ethnohistory in central Mexico and Yucatan, and the translation of Nahuatl and Maya texts. His various books, articles, and essays explore the colonial experience of Nahuas and Mayas and illustrate how they negotiated their everyday religious, economic, and social lives with Spanish colonialism. His most recent book, The Teabo Manuscript: Maya Christian Copybooks, Chilam Balams, and Native Text Production in Yucatan (2016), won the Latin American Studies Association Mexico Section Book Award in the Humanities. His current project, Return to Ixil: Maya Society in an Eighteenth-Century Yucatec Town, is coauthored with Matthew Restall and in press with the University Press of Colorado.

Journal Editor:
Robbie Ethridge
University of Mississippi

Robbie Ethridge is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Mississippi. In addition to editing three anthologies, writing numerous articles and book chapters on the history of Native peoples of the American South, she is the author of Creek Country: The Creek Indians and Their World, 1796-1816 (2003) and the Mooney Award winning book From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540-1715 (2010). She is best known for her work on the early colonial disruptions in the American South and the resultant shatter zone that transformed the Southern Indians. Her current research continues this examination as she reconstructs the rise and fall of the Mississippian world which examines the rise of the pre-colonial Mississippian chiefdoms, the 700-year history of this world, its collapse with European contact, and the restructuring of Native societies that occurred as they became part of the colonial South.

Journal Editor:
John F. Schwaller
University at Albany, SUNY

John F. Schwaller is a Professor of History at the University at Albany. He is well known for his work on Nahuatl (Aztec language) and on the Catholic Church in Latin America)

Website Coordinator:
Justin M. Carroll
Indiana University East

Justin M. Carroll is an Associate Professor of American History at Indiana University East. His book, The Merchant John Askin: Furs and Empire at British Michilimackinac, was published in September 2017.