Dr. Jeffrey P. Shepherd
Associate Professor of History
I joined the Department of History at UTEP in 2002, after receiving my PhD from Arizona State University. Since then I have taught graduate and undergraduate courses in U.S., Indigenous, Borderlands, Western, Environmental, and Public History. I have chaired several dissertation and masters committees on topics as diverse as colonial era Spanish masculinity, gender and the bracero program, Indigenous-African relations in the early Florida borderlands, Native peoples and legal borderlands, and the tri-racial dimensions of settler-colonial violence in nineteenth century New Mexico. My research interests include Indigenous peoples in North America, particularly the Apache/Nde’ and Native groups in the U.S. – Mexico borderlands: environmental history; biography; and art and culture as a form of resistance to militarizing the borderlands. My first book, We Are an Indian Nation: A History of the Hualapai People, was published in 2010 with the University of Arizona Press; and my second book, The Guadalupe Mountains National Park: An Environmental History of the Southwest Borderlands, is forthcoming in 2019 with the University of Massachusetts Press. My most recent articles and chapters include, “Land, Labor, and Leadership: The Political Economy of Hualapai Community Building,1910-1940,” in Brian Hosmer and Colleen O’Neil (Eds.) Native Pathways: Economic Development and American Indian Cultures (University Colorado, 2004); “At the Crossroads of Hualapai History, Memory, and American Colonization: Contesting Space & Place," in The American Indian Quarterly; “Reflections from the U.S.–Mexico Borderlands on a ‘Border-Rooted’ Paradigm in Higher Education,” with Cynthia Bejarano, in Ethnicities, (January 2018); and, “Race, Blood, and Belonging: Transnational Blackfoot Bands and Families along the U.S. – Canada Border, 1870-1915,” in Pablo Mitchell and Katrina Jagodinsky (Eds.) Beyond the Borders of the Law: Critical Legal Histories of the North American West, (The University of Kansas Press, 2018). I am presently working on a biography of Wendell Chino, who was president of the Mescalero Nation for nearly 40 years, and a leading advocate for Indigenous sovereignty after World War Two; and I am conducting research into the Apache Treaty of 1852, which I consider “an Indigenous borderlands treaty”. In addition, I am the co-editor (with Myla Vicenti Carpio) of the book series, Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies, through the University of Arizona Press. I have received grants from the American Philosophical Society, the Andrew H. Mellon Foundation, The Charles Redd Center at Brigham Young University, and Texas Tech University. Since 2011 I have served as the Director of the PhD Program in History, at UTEP.
Dr. Shepherd's website: https://faculty.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=19869
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