My current book project, Rivers of Power: Indians and Colonists in the North American Midcontinent, combines social and environmental history to explore colonialism in early America. In Middle America, near the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio Rivers, power stemmed from control of the social and physical landscape. Indian nations and European empires faced the challenge of negotiating the region'''s river systems and its complicated social networks built on kinship ties. Rivers of Power follows the evolution of those social and spatial networks from about A.D. 1300, when the collapse of Cahokia, a Mississippian Indian chiefdom near present-day St. Louis, initiated a centuries-long power struggle, to the 1830s, when the U.S. empire conquered the midcontinent.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History
Department of History