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.


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.

Cary Miller
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Cary Miller will start as 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

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:
Peter Villela
University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Peter B. Villella is currently Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He is the author of Indigenous Elites and Creole Identity in Colonial Mexico (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and several articles addressing Nahua and Otomi leaders and intellectuals in central Mexico after 1521.

Council Member:
Margarita Ochoa
Loyola Marymount University

Margarita R. Ochoa is Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Loyola Marymount University. Her research centers on analyses of gender, power, and legal culture among the urban indigenous of colonial Mexico. She is co-editor of City Indians in Spain’s American Empire: Urban Indigenous Society in Colonial Mesoamerica and Andean South America, 1600-1830 (Sussex, 2012) and is currently completing a manuscript, Indigenous Mexico: Gender, Race, and Power in 18th and 19th Centuries Mexico City.

Nomination Committee Member:
Boyd D. Cothran
York University

Boyd Cothran is Associate Professor in the Department of History at York University in Toronto, ON Canada and this year he’s a Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History here at the Newberry. He is a 19th-century United States historian of the Civil War era and he is the author of Remembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), which received the 2015 Robert M. Utley Prize for the best book in military history from the Western History Association.

Nomination Committee Member:
C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa
George Mason University

C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa is an assistant professor of History at George Mason University and recently held fellowships at the Kluge Center in the Library of Congress and at the National Museum of the American Indian. His first book, Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight Over Federal Indian Policy after the Civil War was published by the University of North Carolina Press as part of the First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies initiative in 2012.

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.