Richard B. Russell Professor in American History
Distinguished Research Professor
Co-Director, Center for Virtual History
Associate Director, Institute of Native American Studies

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Claudio Saunt is currently working on a book on Indian Removal in the 1830s entitled Aboriginia: Mass Deportation and the Road to Indian Territory, which is under contract with W.W. Norton & Co. and due out in 2019.  His most recent book is West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 (WW Norton, 2014). He is also the author of 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). He has published articles in the Journal of American History, William and Mary Quarterly, Journal of Southern History, and the American Indian Quarterly

Selected Publications:

Saunt, Claudio. “'my Medicine Is Punishment': A Case Of Torture In Early California, 1775-1776”. Ethnohistory (2010): n. pag. Print.

Saunt, Claudio. “Go West: Mapping Early American Historiography”. William and Mary Quarterly (2008): n. pag. Print.

Saunt, Claudio. “Telling Stories: The Political Uses Of Myth And History In The Cherokee And Creek Nations”. Journal of American History (2006): n. pag. Print.

Saunt, Claudio. “The Paradox Of Freedom: Tribal Sovereignty And Emancipation During The Reconstruction Of Indian Territory”. Journal of Southern History (2004): n. pag. Print.

Saunt, Claudio. A New Order Of Things:property, Power, And The Transformation Of The Creek Indians, 1733-1816. Cambridge, 1999. Web.

Of note:
  • 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