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Pekka Hämäläinen

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North American Borderlands, Native American History


Professor
Ph.D., University of Helsinki, 2001


Research and Teaching Interests

  • Borderlands
  • Native American History
  • Environmental History

Current Projects

  • New Worlds: Frontiers, Borderlands, and Empires of North America, 1600-1900. Under contract with Yale University Press.

Selected Publications

  • "On Borderlands," with Samuel Truett, Journal of American History 98 (Sept. 2011).
  • Major Problems in the History of the North American Borderlands, co-edited with Benjamin H. Johnson (Houghton Mifflin, 2011)
  • The Politics of Grass: European Expansion, Ecological Change, and Indigenous Power in the Southwest Borderlands," William and Mary Quarterly 67 (2010)
  • The Comanche Empire (Yale University Press, 2008). Spanish edition forthcoming by Peninsula Press in 2009.
  • “The Rise and Fall of Plains Indian Horse Cultures,” Journal of American History 90 (Dec. 2003), 833-62
  • “Of Lethal Places and Lethal Essays,” with John R. Wunder, American Historical Review 104 (Oct. 1999), 1229-34
  • “The Western Comanche Trade Center: Rethinking the Plains Indian Trade System,” Western Historical Quarterly 29 (Winter 1998), 485-513

Honors and Professional Activities

  • Bancroft Prize, 2009
  • Merle Curti Award, 2009
  • Norris and Carol Hundley Award, 2009
  • Western History Association Caughey Prize, 2009
  • William P. Clements Prize for non-fiction, 2009
  • Great Plains Distinguished Book Award, 2009
  • Kate Broocks Bates Award, 2009
  • Texas Historical Society Award of Merit, 2009
  • Recognition of Excellence, Cundill International Prize in History, 2009
  • John C. Ewers Award, 2010

Selected Fellowships

  • Les Instituts d’Études Avancées de Nantes, 2010-11
  • Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 2009-10
  • Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, 2003-05
  • Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, 2001-02