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Native American Studies Program

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Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 646-3530
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Native American Studies : Visiting Professors/ Scholars

Name: Benjamin Madley

Email : Benjamin(dot)L(dot)Madley(at)dartmouth(dot)edu

Title: Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Education: B.A. in History, Yale University, 1994; M.St. in History, Oxford University, 1995; M.Phil. and M.Litt. in History, Yale University, 2005; Ph.D. in History, Yale University, 2009

Courses Taught: HIST 15/ NAS 15, HIST 96/ NAS 81 and HIST 6/NAS 30


Ben Madley Benjamin Madley is an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department and Native American Studies Program at Dartmouth College. He teaches “American Indian History 1830 to the Present”, “Native American History in the U.S. West, 1500-1890: Contact, Conflict, and Survival” and “The History of the American West”.

Born in Redding, California, Ben spent much of his childhood in Karuk Country near the Oregon border. He has long been interested in the relationship between imperialists, colonizers, and indigenous peoples. Educated at Yale and Oxford, he is an historian of the United States and Native America, but has also written about colonial genocides in Africa, Australia, and Europe, often applying a transnational and comparative approach.

Ben’s published articles include:

"Tactics of Nineteenth Century Colonial Massacre: Tasmania, California and Beyond" in Philips G. Dwyer and Lyndall Ryan, eds., Theatres of Violence: Massacres, Mass Killing and Atrocity Throughout History (New
York: Berghan Books, 2012), 110-125.

"When 'The World was Turned Upside Down': California and Oregon's Tolowa Indian Genocide, 1851-1856" in Adam Jones, ed., New Directions in Genocide Research (New York: Routledge, 2011), 170-196.

“California’s Yuki Indians: Defining Genocide in Native American History,” The Western Historical Quarterly 39:3 (Autumn 2008), 303-332. This article won both the 2009 Arrell M. Gibson Award for best article of the year on Native American History and the 2009 Oscar O. Winther Award for the best article of the year in The Western Historical Quarterly.

“From Terror to Genocide: Britain’s Tasmanian Penal Colony and Australia’s History Wars,” Journal of British Studies 47:1 (January 2008), 77-106.

“From Africa to Auschwitz: How German South West Africa incubated ideas and methods adopted and developed by the Nazis in Eastern Europe,” European History Quarterly 35:3 (July 2005), 429-464.

“Patterns of Frontier Genocide, 1803-1910: The Aboriginal Tasmanians, the Yuki of California, and the Herero of Namibia,” Journal of Genocide Research (June 2004), 167-192. This article was republished in Mark Lattimer, ed. Genocide and Human Rights (London, 2007) and Adam Jones, ed. Genocide (4 vols., London, 2008).

Ben also participated in the making of the 2004 BBC documentary film Namibia: Genocide and the Second Reich.

Ben’s current research explores Native American labor in the making of the trans-Mississippi U.S. West. He is also now transforming his dissertation, “American Genocide: The California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873,” (which won Yale’s 2009 Fredrick W. Beinecke Dissertation Prize and the 2010 Phi Alpha Theta-Westerners International Dissertation Prize) into a book.

Last Updated: 5/2/12