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Greg O'Brien

Dr. Greg O'Brien

Contact Information

Email: wgobrien@uncg.edu
Office: 2119 MHRA


Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1998
M.A., James Madison University, 1994
B.A., Randolph-Macon College, 1988

Teaching Experience

Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of History, UNCG, 2010-2015
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2008-
Associate Professor, University of Southern Mississippi, 2002-2008
Visiting Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College, 2004
Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi, 1998-2002

Research Interests

My research interests are in ethnohistory, American Indians of the Southeast, American environmental history (particularly in the South), and the American Revolutionary era. I have focused extensively on Choctaw Indian history before the 1830s.

Current Project

My current book project is a study of the 1849 New Orleans flood, the worst flood to hit that city before Hurricane Katrina. My longer-range project is a study of the Seven Years War (French and Indian War) in the South (1750s-1760s) focusing on American Indian diplomatic initiatives and relations between Indians and Europeans.

Courses Taught

  • HIS 209, World Environmental History
  • HIS 211, US History before 1865
  • HIS 322, American Indian History after 1840
  • HIS 333, American Indian History to 1840
  • HIS 334, Environmental History of the United States
  • HIS 335, Colonial America
  • HIS 511A, Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: "American Indian History before 1840"
  • HIS 520, Southern History: Southeastern Indian History
  • HIS 522, Revolts and Rebellions in Colonial America
  • HIS 701, Colloquium in US History to 1865
  • HIS 722, Topics in Early American History: Early American Indian History
  • HIS 722, Topics in Early American History: The American Revolution
  • HIS 723, Topics in 19th Century U.S. History: The Market Revolution

Selected Recent Publications

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  • Pre-Removal Choctaw History: Exploring New Paths (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008).
  • The Timeline of Native Americans: The Ultimate Guide to North America's Indigenous Peoples (Thunder Bay Press, 2008).
  • Choctaws in a Revolutionary Age, 1750-1830 (University of Nebraska Press, 2002, 2005).
  • George Washington's South (co-edited with Tamara Harvey, University Press of Florida, 2004).
  • "The Conqueror Meets the Unconquered: Negotiating Cultural Boundaries on the Post-Revolutionary Southern Frontier,"Journal of Southern History, (Feb. 2001) 68:39-72.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Dianne Woest Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities, Historic New Orleans Collection, 2006
  • Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher Award, 2005
  • Who's Who in American Education, 2004
  • McLemore Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society for the best book published on a Mississippi history topic in 2003.
  • Fletcher M. Green and Charles W. Ramsdell Award for the best article published in the Journal of Southern History during the two-preceding years, 2002.

PhD students working with me

  • Matthew Esterline (entered program in 2014, MA from East Carolina), Tuscarora Indians
  • Arlen Hanson (entered program in 2015, M.A. from UNCG), Southeastern Indian history
  • Sarah McCartney (entered program in 2010, MA from William & Mary), 18th Century Virginia Backcountry
  • Jamie Mize (entered program in 2012, MA from North Georgia), Cherokee masculinity
  • Ethan Moore, (entered program in 2013, MA from UNCG), Chickamauga Cherokee history
  • Jason Stroud (entered program in 2011, MA from N.C. State), Colonial / Revolutionary North Carolina
  • Monica Ward (entered program in 2010, MA from Rutgers), 18th Century Creek Indian History

Dissertations Directed at UNCG

  • Steven Peach (MA from Northern Illinois, finished in 2016), "'The Three Rivers Have Talked': The Creek Indians and Community Politics in the Native South, 1753-1821"

Links of Interest

Curriculum Vitae

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