Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

James Carson CarsonJ.JPG

Ethnohistory of colonial and early national America


Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74208
Fax:  613-533-6298



Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1996
M.A., Tulane University, 1992
B.A., University of North Carolina, 1990


Principal fields for graduate supervision: History of First Nations of North America, Colonial Encounters, North American Multiculturalism, Atlantic World

Courses Taught:

Undergraduate: HIST 272, 467, 207

Graduate: HIST 810

Major Publications:


Race and the Writing of American History  (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming)

American Exceptionalisms: From Winthrop to Winfrey, co-edited with Sylvia S?derlind (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2011)

Making an Atlantic World: Circles, Paths, and Stories from the Colonial South(Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2007)

Searching for the Bright Path: The Mississippi Choctaws from Prehistory to Removal(University of Nebraska Press, 1999)

Chapters in Books

With Karim Tiro, "Animals in Atlantic North America," The Atlantic World, eds. D'Maris Coffman and William O'Reilly (London: Routledge, forthcoming), 30 pp.

"Who Was First?: The Diasporic Implications of Indigeneity, Between Dispersion and Belonging: Recent Advances in Diaspora Studies, eds. Amitava Chowdhury and Donald H. Akenson (Montréal: McGill-Queen's University Press, forthcoming), 20 pp.

"Cherokee Ghostings and the Haunted South," The Indigenous South, eds. Tim Alan Garrison and Greg O'Brien (Athens: University of Georgia Press, forthcoming)

"Mastering Language: Indians, Rights, and Liberty in the Nineteenth Century South," Native Diasporas: Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas, eds. Gregory Smithers and Brooke Newman (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014)

"Histories of the 'Tuscarora War,'" Creating and Contesting Carolina: Proprietary Era Histories, eds. Bradford Wood and Michelle J. LeMaster (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2013), 186-210

"Sacred Circles and Dangerous People: Native American Cosmology and the French Settlement of Louisiana," French Colonial Louisiana and the Atlantic World, ed. Bradley Bond (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005), 65-82

"'Dollars Never Fail to Melt Their Hearts': Native Women and the Market Revolution," Neither Lady, Nor Slave: Working Women of the Old South, eds. Michele Gillespie and Susanna Delfino (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002), pp. 15-33

"From Mohawk Woman to Loyalist Chief: The Life of Molly Brant," Sifters: Native American Women's Lives, ed. Theda Perdue (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), pp. 48-59

"From Corn Mothers to Cotton Spinners: Continuity in Choctaw Women's Economic Life, 950 A.D. to 1830 A.D.," Women of the American South: A Multicultural Reader, ed. Christie Anne Farnham (New York: New York University Press, 1997), pp. 8-25

Peer Reviewed Articles

"Native Americans and the Atlantic World," Oxford Bibliographies Online (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010)

"'The Obituary of Nations': Ethnic Cleansing, Memory, and the Origins of the Old South," Southern Cultures 14 (2008): 6-31.

"When is an Ocean not an Ocean?: Geographies of the Atlantic World," Southern Quarterly 43 (2006): 16-45

"American Historians and Indians," The Historical Journal 49 (2006): 1-13

"Teaching Amerindian Autohistory," American Indian Quarterly 27 (2003), 155-59

"Ethnogeography and the Native American Past," Ethnohistory 49 (Fall 2002): 765-784

"Native Americans, the Market Revolution, and Culture Change: The Choctaw Cattle Economy, 1690-1830," Agricultural History 71 (Winter 1997): 1-18

"Horses and the Economy and Culture of the Choctaw Indians, 1690-1840," Ethnohistory 42 (1995): 495-513