Brian Hosmer PhD

H.G. Barnard Associate Professor of Western American History Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences


Brian Hosmer came to the University of Tulsa after seven year in Chicago, where he taught in the History Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and served as Director of the Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History. At the Newberry, he had the opportunity to administer fellowship programs, host conferences and symposia, and develop initiatives dedicated toward nurturing academic scholarship. Among his proudest accomplishments was a series of summer institutes for staff and faculty at Tribally Controlled Community Colleges. Prior to Chicago, Hosmer held teaching positions in Wyoming, Delaware and upstate New York.

His research interests focus on intersections between economic change and cultural identity in twentieth century Native communities. Hosmer's 1999 book, American Indians in the Marketplace, explored tribally-run logging and lumbering enterprises in Wisconsin and salmon canning ventures in Alaska and British Columbia. Currently, he is completing a manuscript on work and attitudes toward working on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. One essay appears in Native Pathways, a 2004 publication Hosmer co-edited with Dr. Colleen O'Neil of Utah State University. He also has completed a manuscript dealing with American Indian affairs during the Truman administration and is hard at work on a book about Indians in the state of Illinois.

Hosmer teaches a variety of classes on American Indian history, and looks forward to developing classes on topics dealing with the North American west.

He looks forward to his tenure at TU, and particularly our association with the Gilcrease Museum.

Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin
M.A., University of Texas-Austin
B.A., University of Vermont

American Indian ethnohistory, focusing on economic change and cultural identity, wage labor and tribal capitalism
American Indian Nation Building

Native American History
The North American West
Representations of the West and/or Indians
American Indian History

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.


Hosmer, Brian. “Video Teaching and Research Bio.” (2015): n. pag. Print.

HIST 2133 Images of the American West
HIST 2383 American Environmental History
HIST 2573 Indians in American History
HIST 3023 Modern America and American Indians
HIST 4283 American Indian EthNohistory
HIST 4293 Music More Than Cowboys and Indians: History of the North American West
HIST 7513 Readings in the History of the United States
HIST 7981 Research and Thesis