Academic and Professional Portfolio

Publications and Presentations

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with Thomas Parrie, eds. Choctaw-Apache Voices. Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2022.

Natives on the Map (invited lecture) Daeman University. November 16, 2022. 

“Lewis and Clark Expedition” History of Cartography, Vol. 5: The Cartography in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Roger J.P. Kain. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Forthcoming.

“John Wesley Powell” History of Cartography, Vol. 5: The Cartography in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Roger J.P. Kain. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Forthcoming.

with Joseph A.P. Wilson, “Choctaw-Apache Ethnogenesis and the Federal Recognition Problem.” Beyond the Binary of Black and White: Native American Identity in the Deep South during the Late 19th and 20th Centuries, American Society for Ethnohistory, University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas, September 10, 2022.

“Indigenous Struggles and Decolonization: Theory and Practice” The University of Rojava, June 23, 2022.

“Albert Gallatin, Philology, and the Emergence of Ethnological Maping in the United States: Natural Sciences and Republican Ideals,” American Philosophical Society Inidgenous Studies Seminar, May 13, 2022.

“Filé Man: Colson’s Creole-Indigenous Continuity” in Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Afro-Indigeneity and Community. Eds. Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Andrew Jolivétte, and Darryl Barthé. University of Washington Press, 2022.

Panel Moderator, The Use of Space, Sport and Stories in Indigenous Communities Past and Present with Guillermo Pupo Pernet, Jason Lewis, and Noel E. Smyth. Fourth Tulane Indigenous Studies Symposium, March 19, 2022.

Roundtable Moderator, Indigenous Voices: Foodways with Lora Ann Chaisson, (United Houma Nation)
Cougar Goodbear, (Canneci N’de Band of Lipan Apache), Loretta Barrett Oden, (Citizen Potawatomi Nation). Fourth Tulane Indigenous Studies Symposium, March 20, 2022.

Migritude and New Indigenous Cartographies: performance, presentation, and dialogue with Robert Caldwell and Shailja Patel, Hampshire College, March 10, 2022.

Native and Settler Geographies of “Indian Country”Cal State Northridge, Feburay 28, 2022.

(with Hampshire Students) Review of Kyle T. Mays’ An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States, Massachusetts Review Feburay 23, 2022.

Geographies and Cartographies of “Indian Country” San Francisco State Univerity, Feburay 21, 2022.

Mapping Native North America (invited lecture) University at Buffalo, February 14, 2022.

Mapping Native America (invited lecture) Mount Holyoke College  February 1, 2022.

Native Reparations in the Context of the Global Movement for Reparations (invited roundtable discussion), with David S. Lowery and Amah Edoh in Reparations for slavery and colonization: Contemporary movements for justice. Anthropology Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, January  25, 2022.

Mapping Native America (invited lecture) Mount Royal University, Calgary AB December 20, 2021.

Native American Heritage Month: Voices from UTA and Beyond (invited panelest) The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas November 2, 2021.

Indigenous Peoples and Places: Mapping How the Lines are Drawn, (invited lecture) Colgate University, Hamilton New York October 25, 2021.

Albert Gallatin’s contribution to ethnological and linguistic mapping of Native North America” Research from the Collections, 209th Annual Meeting of the American Antiquarian Society October 21, 2021.

Seeds and Soil (invited panelist), Gathering at the Crossroads: Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Symposium, April 26 2021.

Indigenous Voices, Being Native Today: Indigenous Identities in the Gulf South, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South Third Annual Indigenous Symposium, March 12, 2021.

“Persistence on the Edge: The Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb,” Native South Vol. 19, 2020.

“Choctaw Frontier: Incursion and Settlement in Northwest Louisiana and East Texas, 1760-1836,” North Louisiana History Vol. LI No. 3-4, Summer-Fall 2020. 

The Choctaw-Apache Community of Sabine Parish, Louisiana. Creating Community and Identity in 18th Century Louisiana. New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta: Cultural Crossroads; Society for the History of Discoveries 60th Annual Meeting, November 2020.

Indians in their Proper Place, Fall Scholar Colloquia Series, School for Advanced Research, October 2020.

Indigenous Identities in the Gulf South (invited oral presentation) Third Annual Indigenous Symposium. Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. March 2020. Unable to deliver, meeting canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak.

“Choctaw Migrations to Northwest Louisiana,” Native Americans and Louisiana. 62nd Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association, Baton Rouge, LA. March 2020. Unable to deliver, meeting canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak.

Louisiana’s Native Culture (invited speaker),  Illumination Series, SOWELA Technical Community College, February 18, 2020,

“Introduction to Decolonizing History: Native American and Indigenous Studies”  (invited lecture) El Centro College Feb 3, 2018.

“Southern Native Resilience and Nation-Building in the Twentieth Century: A Roundtable Discussion.” Southern Historical Association 83rd Annual Meeting, Dallas TX, November 2017.

“The Historic Tribes of Texas” (invited lecture, Native American Heritage Month Event) Tarrant County College, November 1, 2017.

“Mapping Indian Country: Culture Areas, Linguistic Stocks, and the Genealogy of a Map” (Poster presentation). American Historical Association 131st Annual Meeting, January 2017.

Interview on Louisiana Anthology Podcast 183 and 184, November 18, 2016.

The River Bottom, (Co-producer), directed/edited by Avery Lowery. Southern Foodways Alliance, 2016.

“Native Peoples Should Tell Their Own Stories”in Denise E. Bates, ed. From the Source: Southern Native Peoples on Living and Thriving in the 20th Century and Beyond. University Press of Florida, 2016.

Choctaw-Apache Foodways. Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2015.

 “Constructing Transatlantic Spaces” (invited panelist) The 16th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History, The University of Texas at Arlington. September 2015.

 “Culinary crossroads: Traditional foods of the Sabine Parish Choctaw-Apache Community”  Seventh Annual Louisiana Studies Conference, September 2015.

Nicola Pizzolato. Challenging Global Capitalism: Labor Migration, Radical Struggle, and Urban Change in Detroit and Turin (book review) Traversea: A Journal of Transatlantic History Vol 4 (2014).

“Choctaw Frontier: Westward migrations prior to Indian Removal.” United Choctaw Conference, October 2014.

De-colonizing North America (Book reviews of The Inconvenient Indian and Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States) Against the Current. 172 (Sept.-Oct.  2014)

Persistence on the Edge: The Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb.“Beyond the Bayuk: Louisiana’s Indigenous Diasporas and Transnational Traces.” Native American and Indigenous Studies Sixth Annual Meeting, May 2014.

Lasting Imprint: An investigation into indigenous toponyms and the European and Euro-American record of population settlement and territory along the Louisiana-Texas borderlands. Spring Meeting of the Texas Map Society, April 2014.

Apaches in Louisiana? The Ebarb Communiy’s Lipan Connections. “Border Crossings and Boundaries: How the Apaches Defied Geographical and Cultural Borders.” The 118th Meeting of the Texas State Historical Association, March 2014.

“Making their own freedom, The Amistad Rebellion An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom By Marcus Rediker” (Book review) Against the Current. 168. January-February 2014.

Choctaw-Apache Territoriality along the Louisiana-Texas Borderlands. “Indigeneity in the Imperial Periphery.” The 14th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History, The University of Texas at Arlington. October, 2013.

“Hispanic Roots of Creole Cuisine” in H.F. “Pete” Gregory and Sheila Richmond, eds. Hispanic Roots in Creole Culture. Creole Heritage Center: Natchitoches, LA, 2013.

“Easter Island: Island of Enigma in the Age of “Discovery,” An Interpretation of Three Eighteenth-Century Maps.”  Phi Alpha Theta Graduate Conference, University of North Texas. (March, 2013)

Exploring Choctaw-Apache Territoriality. “Possessing Indigenous Places: American Indian Land, Law, and Identity in Louisiana.”American Historical Association 127th Annual Meeting (January 2013)

Hispanic Roots of Creole Cuisine. Hispanic Roots in Creole Culture Symposium (October 2012)

“Mapping American Indian Country: A Survey of Anthropological Cartographies” Imperial Projects: Language and Geography, Northeast and North Texas Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference (April 2012)

“Choctaw Come to the Caddo Homeland” 54th Annual Caddo Conference (March 2012).

Historic American Buildings Survey. Deblieux Building. 550 Front Street (Commercial Building). See portfolio section on Documentation and Preservation for more details.

Mass Murder at Colfax, The Bloody Death of Reconstruction (Book reviews)  Against the Current. 144 (Jan-Feb.  2010)

“People on the Camino Real Past and Present” (with Hiram F. Gregory and George Avery) at the Second Annual Louisiana Studies Conference  (September 2010).

Historic Landmark District Survey Digitization  (Preservation in Your Community Poster Session at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, September 2010). Presentation on basic materials conservation, ensuring preservation of the documents and improving access to the information for researchers.


Facing Reality: Empires, frontier/borderlands, and “positionality” in the new Southwest American Indian history (An historiography)

A National Survey: Cassini Map Series on France, 1756.  (map interpretation)

Choctaw Frontier (Choctaw incursions and settlement in Louisiana and Texas, 1760-1836)

Cartography of North America from the 16th century to 1900, excluding Texas (Annotated Bibliography)

Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society (An introduction to a public history resource)

From Pirogues to Locomotives Annotated Bibliography on Natchitoches’ Transportation History.

Ceremonial Gathering of the Aimedaca Oddac (A Tribute to Horace Miner) Paper on relationship of Archaeologists to indigenous peoples done in the style “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” by Horace Miner.

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