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PearsonDr. Jeffrey Pearson

Associate Professor of History

History and Political Science
Witherspoon Building
407 West Q Street
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: (479) 498-6057
E-mail: jpearson9@atu.edu

Education

BA - Indiana University-Bloomington
MA - Univ of New Mexico-Main Campus
PHD - Univ of New Mexico-Main Campus

Recently Taught Courses

HIST 1903 - SURVEY OF AMERICAN HISTORY
HIST 2003 - U.S. HISTORY TO 1877
HIST 2013 - U.S. HISTORY SINCE 1877
HIST 4033 - THE FRONTIER/AMER HIST
HIST 4143 - NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Dr. Pearson specializes in the History of the American West. In particular, his research has focused on the clash of cultures that produced the Indian Wars of the American West. Pursuit of his interests in the field has allowed him to produce various scholarship in the form of conference presentation, book reviews, and award-winning articles—including the 2006 Wrangler Award for Best Non-Fiction Article presented by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. It has also permitted him to develop upper-level courses on Native American history, U.S. Military history, and the history of the American Frontier. Currently, Dr. Pearson is working to complete a biographical manuscript titled “On the Vanguard of Western Expansion: Brigadier General Philip St. George Cooke and the Frontier Army.”

Book Chapters

“Tragedy at Red Cloud Agency: The Surrender, Confinement, and Death of Crazy Horse.” Reprinted in Paul A. Hutton, editor. Western Heritage: A Selection of Wrangler Award–Winning Articles.  Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013.

“Philip St. George Cooke,” in Soldiers West: Biographies from the Military Frontier, by Paul Andrew Hutton and Durwood Ball, editors.  Second Edition. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009, pp. 93-121.

Articles
“Land Pirates on the Santa Fe Trail: Captain Philip St. George Cooke’s Encounter with Texas Privateers on the Santa Fe Trail in 1843,” New Mexico Historical Review 91 (Fall 2016):409-35.

“Tragedy at Red Cloud Agency: The Surrender, Confinement, and Death of Crazy Horse.” Montana, The Magazine of Western History 55 (Summer 2005): 14-27.  

“Nelson A. Miles, Crazy Horse, and the Battle of Wolf Mountains.” Montana: The Magazine of Western History 51 (Winter 2001): 52–67.

Book Reviews

Cutrer, Thomas W.  Theater of a Separate War: The Civil War West of the Mississippi River, 1861-1865 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017) for the Journal of American History 105 (Winter 2018): 684-685.

Stiles, T.J., Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America (New York: Vintage, 2016) for the Nebraska History (Winter 2017): 227-229.

Bradley R. Clampitt, editor, The Civil War and Reconstruction in Indian Territory (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015) for Arkansas Historical Quarterly 75(Spring 2016): 71-73.

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