Brian Hosmer PhD

H.G. Barnard Associate Professor of Western American History Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]


I’ve held the H.G. Barnard Chair in Western American History since 2009, following academic positions at the University of Delaware, University of Wyoming, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. While in Chicago, I also directed the Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (formally McNickle Center for American Indian History), a preeminent Native American Studies research center, for a half-dozen years.

At TU I teach a variety of classes covering Indigenous peoples of North America, the North American West, Environmental history, and the History of Oklahoma. Most years, “Indians in American History” and “Images of the West” are my “bread and butter” classes, attracting students pursuing a variety of majors. I offer seminars on Representations by/about Indigenous People, American Indian Ethnohistory (basically a methods class), and other topics touching upon the west. My Oklahoma History class exposes students to public history through guest speakers and field trips to Tulsa institutions and sites.

I mostly research and write topics I find interesting, though most of my publications pivot around intersections between economic change and Indigenous nationhood in the 20th century. My books (solely authored or edited) include: American Indians and the Marketplace, Native Pathways, Tribal Worlds, Native Americans and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman, and Indians of Illinois, a book I’m just completing. Most recently I’ve published on topics like reservation newsletters published during the 1930s, “Community-Engaged Scholarship” in Indian country, and a study of Miami Nationhood based on papers held in the Gilcrease Museum archives (which received an award from the Oklahoma Historical Society). My next project will be a history of travel and American identity, tentatively entitled A Trip to the States: An American Story.

Beyond teaching and research, I’m active in public programming (a legacy of my Newberry experience). I organized the inaugural Woody Guthrie Symposium and Benefit Concert in 2012, and have hosted speakers as diverse as Paul Tapsell (Maori), Anne Hyde, LaDonna Harris (Comanche), and organized symposia for, or in partnership with, the Woody Guthrie Center, John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, Helmerich Center for American Research, and the American Society for Ethnohistory.

My spouse is a public school teacher (history too!) and our daughter is set to graduate from TU with a degree in Art History, with minors in Photography, Sociology, and Museum Studies. I have two dogs, and devote much energy to home repair and remodeling.

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 nationhood.

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

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


Hosmer, Brian. 2015. “Video Teaching and Research Bio.”

Oklahoma Historical Society
American Society for Ethnohistory
Western History Association
Texas State Historical Association

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