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Colin Calloway named the John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professor

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Posted 10/01/09 • Media Contact: Public Affairs (603) 646-3661

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Colin Calloway
Colin Calloway (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Dartmouth Dean of Faculty Carol Folt has announced the appointment of Colin Calloway as the inaugural endowed chair holder of the John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professorship. Calloway is a professor in the Departments of History and Native American Studies.

“Professor Calloway inspires his students and his colleagues in the classroom, with his scholarship and with his service throughout the College,” said Dean Folt, who is also a professor of biological sciences. “As one of the world’s leading historians working at the intersection of History and Native American Studies, it is so fitting to see Colin as the inaugural holder of this newly endowed professorship at Dartmouth,”

Calloway first came to Dartmouth in 1990 as a visiting assistant professor. He joined the faculty full-time as a professor in 1995, and has provided distinguished service to Dartmouth as chair of the Native American Studies Program from 1997-2009. His scholarly focus is on the experiences of Native Americans in the 17th through the 19th centuries and their relationships with European and U.S. settlers. He is the author of several highly acclaimed books, most recently The Shawnees and the War for America (Viking/Penguin, 2007). He also wrote One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West Before Lewis and Clark (University of Nebraska Press 2003, paperback 2006), which has garnered numerous awards and prizes including the 2004 Organization of American Historians’ award for the best book in social history, and The American Revolution in Indian Country: Crisis and Diversity in Native American Communities (Cambridge University Press 1995), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in History.

“I work in Native American history, which for me means rethinking the history of the North American continent,” said Calloway. “Dartmouth is the best place for me to do this kind of work, in part because of its unique history and connections to Native American populations, but mainly because I always have Native and non-Native students in all my classes. I’m honored to be named the John Kimball Jr. 1943 chair and grateful for the opportunity it provides to continue doing the work I love.”

This professorship was established to reward a member of the faculty whose teaching is true to the highest standards of Dartmouth’s educational mission and whose scholarship has contributed significantly to the advancement of knowledge. The professorship is named for John Kimball Jr., a member of Dartmouth’s Class of 1943, who majored in history at Dartmouth and received a degree from the Tuck School of Business in 1944. Mr. Kimball was a Marine Corps fighter pilot in both World War II and Korea. He achieved early prominence and recognition as assistant counsel to the Army at the famous televised Army-McCarthy Hearings, which effectively ended the career of Senator Joseph McCarthy. He was a long-time partner at the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr and served the town of Topsfield, Mass., as its town moderator for more than thirty years.

Calloway received his B.A. in history from the University of Leeds (UK) in 1974. He earned a PhD in history also from the University of Leeds, and his dissertation concerned “British Relations with North American Indians from the end of the War of Independence to the end of the War of 1812.” Before coming to Dartmouth, he was a professor at the University of Wyoming. While at Dartmouth, Calloway has served on numerous committees, been granted awards and fellowships, and in 2005, delivered the 18th Annual Presidential Lecture at the invitation of then-Dartmouth President James Wright. In May 2004, he was honored by the Native American students at the Dartmouth Powwow. Calloway previously held the Samson Occom Professorship in Native American Studies.

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