Brian Hosmer

H.G. Barnard Associate Professor of Western American HistoryChapman Hall 201
918 631-3843

Greetings. I come to the University of Tulsa after seven year in Chicago, where I 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, I had the opportunity to administer fellowship programs, host conferences and symposia, and develop initiatives dedicated toward nurturing academic scholarship. Among my proudest accomplishments was a series of summer institutes for staff and faculty at Tribally Controlled Community Colleges. Prior to Chicago, I held teaching positions in Wyoming, Delaware and upstate New York.

My research interests focus on intersections between economic change and cultural identity in twentieth century Native communities. My 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, I am 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 I co-edited with Dr. Colleen O'Neil of Utah State University. I also have completed a manuscript dealing with American Indian affairs during the Truman administration and am hard at work on a book about Indians in the state of Illinois.

I teach a variety of classes on American Indian history, and look forward to developing classes on topics dealing with the North American west.

I look forward to my tenure at TU, and particularly our association with the Gilcrease Museum.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • PhD, History. University of Texas at Austin. 1993
  • MA, History. University of Texas at Austin. 1986
  • BA, History, University of Vermont, 1982

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • American Indian History
  • Ethnohistory
  • History of the North American West

Areas of Research Focus

  • Economic change and cultural identity in 20th century American Indian communties.
  • American Indian labor history.
  • Ethnohistorical methods.
  • Oral History.

Previous Teaching Experience

  • University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002-09. 
  • University of Wyoming, 1996-2002. 
  • University of Delaware, 1994-96. 
  • State University of New York, College at Oswego, 1993-94.  

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Associate Professor and Coordinator of Native American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002-09.
  • Director, D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History, Newberry Library. Chicago, IL. 2002-08.
  • Founding Director, CIC American Indian Studies Consortium. Newberry Library, Chicago, IL 202-08.
  • Associate Professor and Chair, History Department, University of Wyoming. 2001-02.
  • Assistant Professor of History and American Indian Studies, University of Wyoming, 1996-2000 (Associate 2000-02).

Relevant Pro Bono Work

  • Consultant for the American Indian College Fund
  • Consultant for American Indian Studies Programs in colleges and universities across the U.S.
  • Advisory Board, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody Wyoming

Professional Affiliations

  • Western History Association
  • American Society for Ethnohistory
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
  • Organization of American Historians

Courses Taught at TU

  • American Indians in U.S. History (HIST 2573)
  • Indians In Modern America (HIST 3793)
  • American Indian Ethnohistory (HIST 4853/6853)
  • Readings in History of U.S. (HIST 5513/7513)

Awards & Recognition

  • Fellow,UIC Institute for the Humanities, 2006-07
  • Commencement Speaker, College of Menominee Nation, 2004
  • Keynote Address,Conference on Libraries and Indigenous Communities, Auckland, NZ. 2006
  • Invited presentations across North America
  • History Award, Alaska History Award, 1995


  • American Indians and Illinois
    (forthcoming 2010)
  • Native Americans and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman
  • Native Pathways
  • American Indians in the Marketplace