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Claudio Saunt

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Richard B. Russell Professor of American History
Distinguished Research Professor
Co-Director, Center for Virtual History
Department Head

Claudio Saunt's most recent book is Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory (Norton, 2020).  Unworthy Republic was awarded the Bancroft Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. It was recognized by both the Washington Post and Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best books of 2020, by the New York Times as a Critics’ Top Book, and by the Boston Globe as one of the best books of the year.  He is also the author of West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 (WW Norton, 2014), Black, White, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family (Oxford UP, 2005) and A New Order of Things: Property, Power, and the Transformation of the Creek Indians (Cambridge UP, 1999). Saunt has developed several online projects, including the Invasion of America and, with Elizabeth Fenn, Pox Americana.  

Selected Publications:
Of note:
  • Bancroft Prize, 2021
  • Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, 2021
  • Finalist, National Book Award, 2020
  • Shortlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature, 2020
  • Selected as one of the ten best books of the year by Publishers Weekly, 2020
  • A New York Times Critics' Top Book of 2020.
  • Selected by the Washington Post as one of the ten best books of 2020.
  • Selected by The Atlantic as one of the fifteen best books of 2020.
  • Shortlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature, 2015
  • Clements Prize, Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, Best non-fiction book on Southwestern America, 2005
  • Charles S. Sydnor Award, Southern Historical Association, Best book on Southern history, 2000
  • Wheeler-Voegelin Award, American Society for Ethnohistory, Best book in ethnohistory, 2000
  • Green and Ramsdell Award, Southern Historical Association, Best article published in The Journal of Southern History over two-year period, 2004/2005
  • Research Fellowship, American Philosophical Society, Year-long research grant, 2009
  • Bolton-Cutter Award, Western History Association, Best Article on Borderlands History, 2009
Events featuring Claudio Saunt
Avid Bookshop on Zoom

Avid Bookshop presents author Claudio Saunt (in conversation with the director of UGA's Willson Center, Nicholas Allen) for Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory. This is a virtual event taking place on Thursday, October 22, 2020, from 7pm - 8pm EST via Zoom.

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Posted from UGA Columns April 2022

2022 Charter Lecture Series

John Drake and Claudio Saunt
2021-2022 Regents' Professors

Two leading scholars at the University of Georgia will discuss their individual research programs and their collaboration at the intersection of history and infectious disease during the 2022…

Articles Featuring Claudio Saunt
Monday, October 11, 2021 - 8:30am

Claudio Saunt, Richard B. Russell Professor in American History and Co-Director of the Center for Virtual History, has been awarded the 18th annual Ridenhour Book Prize for his widely celebrated…

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