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Samuel Truett <email@example.com>
University of New Mexico
I am broadly interested in borderlands history, and in transnational approaches to American history. My first book, _Fugitive Landscapes: The Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands_ (Yale, 2006) explores the social and environmental history of the Arizona-Sonora borderlands, from a transnational perspective. My co-edited volume, _Continental Crossroads: Remapping U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History_ (Duke, 2004) seeks to open up new critical conversations among historians of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. I am currently working on a book that treats the historical fascination with ruins and antiquity in the United States, Mexico, and Central America. Entitled "Old New Worlds: Ruins, Borderlands, and Empire in America," this book specifically asks how newcomers engaged the ghosts of prior "civilizations" (and eventually their own ghosts) in the borderlands of American empires and nations. I am interested broadly in conversations that cut across traditional national, colonial, and cultural boundaries in the history of the Americas (and elsewhere, for that matter).
|Address:||Department of History
1104 Mesa Vista Hall
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-1181
|List Affiliations:||List Editor for H-Borderlands
Reviewer for H-Borderlands
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Business History / Studies
Diplomacy and International Relations
Environmental History / Studies
Ethnic History / Studies
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Labor History / Studies
Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies
Native American History / Studies
Research and Methodology
Associate Professor of History
Department of History
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Samuel Truett earned his Ph.D. at Yale in 1997, and has taught at the University of New Mexico since 1998. He has been a William P. Clements Research Fellow at the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, SMU (1997-98), J. William Fulbright Lecturer in North American Studies, University of Tampere, Finland (2000-01), Snead-Wertheim Endowed Lecturer in Anthropology and History at the University of New Mexico (2001-02), and Mellon Research Fellow at the Huntington Library (2004-05). He is co-editor of _Continental Crossroads: Remapping U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History_ (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004), and author of _Fugitive Landscapes: A Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands_ (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006). A historian of the United States and Mexico, with a focus on social, cultural, environmental, and transnational history, Truett is at work on two new projects. "Old New Worlds: Ruins, Borderlands, and Empire in America," explores the fascination with "New World" antiquities and the invention of a greater American "prehistory" from the sixteenth century to the present, with a focus on the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. "A Cossack on the U.S.-Mexican Frontier: The Transnational Life and Times of Emilio Kosterlitzky," examines the life and times of Emilio Kosterlitzky, a Russian immigrant to the U.S.-Mexico borderlands whose career as an Apache fighter, customs guard, and spy from the 1870s to the 1920s opens a window onto the transformation of the borderlands from an isolated frontier to a patrolled crossroads between nations.
1997 Yale University, Ph.D., History
1992 Yale University, M.A., History
1988 University of Arizona, B.A., Anthropology
_Fugitive Landscapes: The Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands_ (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006).
_Continental Crossroads: Remapping U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History_, co-edited with Elliott Young (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004).
ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
"A Mexican Cossack in Southern California: Fame, Notoriety, and Anonymity in the Borderlands," _Huntington Frontiers_ 2 (Fall 2005), 16-19.
"Epics of Greater America: Herbert Eugene Bolton’s Quest for a Transnational American History," in _Interpreting Spanish Colonialism: Empires, Nations, and Legends_, ed. Christopher Schmidt-Nowara and John Nieto-Phillips (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005).
"The Ghosts of Frontiers Past: Making and Unmaking Space in the Borderlands," _Journal of the Southwest_ 46:2 (Summer 2004), 309-50.
"Transnational Warrior: Emilio Kosterlitzky and the Transformation of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands," in _Continental Crossroads: Remapping U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History_, ed. Samuel Truett and Elliott Young (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004).
"Making Transnational History: Nations, Regions, and Borderlands," co-authored with Elliott Young, in _Continental Crossroads: Remapping U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History_, ed. Samuel Truett and Elliott Young (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004).
"Neighbors by Nature: Rethinking Region, Nation, and Environmental History in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands," _Environmental History_ 2:2 (April 1997), 160-78.
"Borderlands and Border Places: The Historical Landscape of the U.S.-Mexico Border," in _Drawing the Borderline: Artist-Explorers of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Survey_, ed. Dawn Hall (Albuquerque: The Albuquerque Museum, 1996), 95-107.
"The Greater Southwest and California from the Beginning of European Settlement to 1880," co-authored with Howard R. Lamar, in _The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas_, ed. Bruce G. Trigger and Wilcomb E. Washburn, Vol. 1, _North America_, Part 2 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996), 57-115.
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Mellon Research Fellowship, The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, 2004-05
Snead-Wertheim Endowed Lectureship in Anthropology and History, University of New Mexico, 2001-02
J. William Fulbright Lectureship, University of Tampere, Finland, 2000-01
William P. Clements Research Fellowship in Southwest Studies, William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, 1997-98
Frederick W. Beinecke Dissertation Prize, Yale University, 1998
Giles P. Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, Yale University, 1995-96