Russell Edmunds

Russell Edmunds

University Retirees

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - American History
University of Oklahoma - 1972
M.A. - History/Social Science
Illinois State University - 1966
B.A. - Chemistry/Pre-Law
Millikin University - 1961


Peoples' Lives: Some Thoughts on Composite Characters and Native American Biography. R. David Edmunds. Journal of the West. Accepted for publication, 2010. 2010 - Publication
Native People of Mexico. R. David Edmunds, Native American Voices: A Reader. Edited by Susan Lobo, Steve Talbot, and Traci L. Morris. Boston: Prentice-Hall (2010), 42-46. 2010 - Publication
Enduring Nations: Essays on the History of Native Americans in the Great Lakes Region. R. David Edmunds. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008. 2008 - Publication
This Much Admired Man': Isaac Glikhikan, Moravian Delaware. R. David Edmunds, Ethnographies and Exchange: Native Americans, Moravians, and Catholics in Early North America. Edited by A. G. Roeber. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press (2008), 1-16. 2008 - Publication
Treaties: The Northeast and Great Lakes. R. David Edmunds, Treaties With American Indians. Edited by Donald Fixico. Santa Barbara: ABC Clio Press (2008), 243-249. 2008 - Publication
A People of Persistence. R. David Edmunds, Enduring Nations: Essays on the History of Native Americans in the Great Lakes Region. Edited by R. David Edmunds. Urbana: University of Illinois Press (2008), 1-11. 2008 - Publication
Moving With the Seasons, Not Fixed in Stone:' The Evolution of Native American Identity. R. David Edmunds, Reflections on American Indian History: Honoring the Past, Building a Future. Edited by Albert L. Hurtado. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press (2008), 32-57. 2008 - Publication
The Nez Perce Flight for Justice. R. David Edmunds. American Heritage. Vol. 58 (2008), 36-39. 2008 - Publication


Acting Director
Newberry Library [1990–1991]
Prof. of History
Indiana University [1989–1998]
Watson Prof. of American History
University of Texas at Dallas [1988–Present]
Asst. Prof., Assoc. Prof., Prof. of History
Texas Christian Univ [1975–1989]
Asst. Prof. of History
Univ. of Wyoming [1971–1974]
Social Science Teacher
Bloomington High School [1961–1967]


2008–2008 R. David Edmunds. A formal paper delivered at Survival, Adaptation, Cultural Persistence: A symposium on Meskwaki History, Culture, and Language, Tama, IA, April, 2008
2008–2008 R. David Edmunds. The 8th Annual Betts Lecture (invited), presented at Yale University, New Haven CT, November, 2008.
2008–2008 R. David Edmunds. A formal paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Western History Association, Salt Lake city, UT, October 2008.
2009–2009 R. David Edmunds. An invited formal lecture delivered to the Winter Meeting of McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, IL, February, 2009.
2007–2007 R. David Edmunds. A formal address delivered at the Annual Conference of the Western History Association, Oklahoma City, OK, October, 2007.

Additional Information

Author or editor of 10 books and over 100 published articles or essays on American History, the American West, or Native American History and Culture
Professional Recognition and Awards
  • Minority Dissertation Fellowship - 1970-71 - Ford Foundation
  • Excellence in Teaching Award – 1973 - Univ. of Wyoming
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship - 1974-75 - Center for the History of the American Indian, the Newberry Library, Chicago
  • Research Grants, 1975-76, 1978-79, 1985, 1988-89 – Texas Chistian Univ. Research Foundation
  • Francis Parkman Prize( The Potawatomis: Keepers of the Fire) – 1978 – Society of American Historians
  • Distinguished Minority Lecturer – 1981 – Univ. California at Berkeley
  • Ohioana Prize for Biography (The Shawnee Prophet) – 1983 – Ohio Historical Society (this volume also was a History Book club Selection, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in biography)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award – 1985 – Texas Christian University
  • Honorary Tribal Historian – 1985 – Citizen Potawatomi Nation
  • Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Activity – 1985 – Texas Christian University
  • Alumni Merit Award – 1986 – Millikin University
  • Research Fellowship - 1987 – National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Alumni Assoc. Achievement Award – 1988 – Illinois State University
  • Excellence in Teaching Award – 1988 – Texas Christian University
  • Robert G. Bone Distinguished Lecturer – 1990 – Illinois State University
  • Overseas Travel Grant – 1990 – Indiana University
  • Travel Grant – 1990 – American Council of Learned Societies
  • McNight Lecturer – 1993 – University of Minnesota
  • Alfred Heggoy Prize (The Fox War: The Mesquakie Challenge to New France) – 1994 – French Colonial Historical Society
  • Distinguished Minority Scholar in Residence – 1995 – Illinois State University
  • Guggenheim Fellowship – 1995-96 – John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
  • Award of Merit – 1998 – American Indian Historians Association
  • Distinguished Lecturer – 2001-2009 – Organization of American Historians
  • Honorary Doctorate in Literature – 2002 – Illinois State University
  • Presidency – 2003-04 - American Society for Ethnohistory
  • Victor Worsfeld Award for Outstanding Teaching – 2006 – College of Arts and Humanities, UTD Presidency – 2007 – Western History Association
  • Jeffrey Dykes Award (for Contributions to Western History) – 2007 – Westerners International
Professional Memberships
  • Western History Association – 1967-present.
  • Organization of American Historians – 1971-2010
  • American Society for Ethnohistory – 1975-present
  • American Indian Historians Association – 1980-present
  • Texas Institute of Letters – 2006 – present
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association – 2008-present

News Articles

A Conversation With Dr. R. David Edmunds
A Conversation With Dr. R. David Edmunds We sat down for A Conversation With ... Dr. R. David Edmunds, the Anne and Chester Watson Chair in History in the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities.Edmunds is an expert on American Western history, Native American History, and the Potawatomi, Shawnee and Great Lakes Tribes. He was a content and historical adviser to PBS’ American Experience program for the five-part series “We Shall Remain.” PBS describes the series as a provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. The five episodes were “After the Mayflower,” “Tecumseh’s Vision,” “Trail of Tears,” “Geronimo,” and “Wounded Knee.” Dr. Edmunds earned the distinguished Francis Parkman Prize recognizing outstanding nonfiction historical writing and has written or edited nearly a dozen books, including The Potawatomis: Keepers of the Fire. He has been recognized with awards or fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Newberry Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities, in addition to winning five teaching awards from four separate universities.
Prof to Discuss Court Battles for Native Americans
McDermott Library will present “Briefcase Warriors: New Battles in the Courtroom,” in which Dr. R. David Edmunds will discuss his work in support of Native American claims against the government. The address is at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the McDermott Library Auditorium (MC 2.410) and is part of the library’s lecture series. Dr. Edmunds holds the Anne and Chester Watson Chair in History in the School of Arts and Humanities. He has won awards for his books The Potawatomis: Keepers of the Fire, The Shawnee Prophet, and The Fox Wars: The Mesquakie Challenge to New France. He was honored last year in the McDermott Library co-sponsored faculty author reception for his book The People: A History of Native America.