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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

Academic Positions

Associate Head, Department of History, UNC-Greensboro, 2017-present
Associate Professor, Department of History, UNC-Greensboro, 2008-present
Executive Editor, Native South journal, 2013-2018
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, UNC-Greensboro, 2010-2015
Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi, 1998-2008
Visiting Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, 2004
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, U. of Southern Mississippi, 2002-2004

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 323, American Indians and Nature
  • 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 Publications

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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

  • Katie Duckworth (entered program in 2018, M.A. from UNCG), Cherokee women and medical practice
  • Arlen Hanson (entered program in 2015, M.A. from UNCG), Choctaw Indian Removal
  • Ethan Moore, (entered program in 2013, MA from UNCG), Chickamauga Cherokee history
  • Jewel Parker (entered program in 2018, MA from Appalachian State University), Intercultural medical practice in the early South
  • Richard Smith, (entered program in 2016, MA from George Mason), race and politics in early Maryland
  • Jason Stroud (entered program in 2011, MA from N.C. State), Colonial / Revolutionary North Carolina

Dissertations Directed at UNCG

  • Sarah McCartney (MA from William & Mary), "O'er Mountains And Rivers': Community And Commerce In The Greenbrier River Valley In The Late Eighteenth Century" (2018) Lead Instructor for the National Institute of American History and Democracy Pre-collegiate Program at the College of William and Mary
  • Jamie Mize (MA from North Georgia), "Sons of Selu: Manhood and Gendered Power in Cherokee Society, 1775-1846" (2017) Assistant Professor of History at UNC-Pembroke
  • Steven Peach (MA from Northern Illinois), "'The Three Rivers Have Talked': The Creek Indians and Community Politics in the Native South, 1753-1821" (2016) Assistant Professor of History at Tarleton State College
  • Monica R. Ward (MA from Rutgers), "Little Tallassee: A Creek Indian Colonial Town" (2019) Instructor at Monmouth University

Curriculum Vitae

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