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History Department

Kent Blansett


Assissant Professor of History and Native American Studies

287 ASH, (email)

B.A., American Indian Studies - University of Missouri, Columbia
B.A., History - University of Missouri, Columbia
M.A., History - University of New Mexico
Ph.D., History - University of New Mexico

Blansett is a descendant of five Tribes: Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee, and Potawatomi through his Blanket, Panther, and Smith family lines. He is proud of his Ozark Mountain heritage, having grown up in what he identifies as the “other four corners” area of Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. After he completed both his MA and Ph.D. in History with Distinction from the University of New Mexico, he taught for three years as an Assistant Professor of History for the University of Minnesota, Morris. Among his numerous awards are the prestigious Dorothy Woodward Dissertation Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, Newberry Library Fellowship, and the Katrin H. Lamon Residential Fellowship from the School for Advanced Research.

His latest manuscript is entitled A Journey to Freedom: The Life of Richard Oakes, 1942-1972 which is under consideration for the Henry Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity with Yale University Press. Once published, this will be the first biography of Akwesasne Mohawk activist Richard Oakes, who played a major role in the famed 1969 Alcatraz Takeover by the organization Indians of All Tribes. For his first manuscript, Blansett has collected research material from over twenty University and Tribal libraries from New York to California as well as numerous oral interviews with key Tribal leaders. His research has received wide publication appearing in several edited volumes, academic journals, and online with BlogWest and Indian Country Today.

In 2011, his essay entitled “San Francisco, Red Power, and the Emergence of an Indian City,” was published in the anthology City Dreams, Country Schemes: Community and Identity in the American West. His other publications, just to name a few, include: “Intertribalism in the Ozarks, 1800-1865,” published in the journal American Indian Quarterly and “Murder at Navajo Mountain” which was published in a volume of Great Stories of the West from Today’s Leading Western Writers entitled Roundup. Blansett’s latest publications includes two critical essays “Expressions of Red Power: Native Music and Theater, 1960-Present” and "When the Stars Fell from the Sky: The Cherokee Nation and the Civil War" which will appear in different edited volumes. His second book will examine the history of Red Power and Popular Culture from 1945 to the Present. His major areas of teaching and research include American Indian History, 20th Century US History, Western American History, Global Indigenous, and American Urban History.

Frequently Taught Courses

.Native Nationalism and Red Power
.American Experience in WW II
·Native American History Survey
·Intro to Native American Studies
·Global Indigenous History
·American Indian Survivance
·America in the 1960s
·U.S. History Since 1865

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