Kent Blansett, PhD
- Associate Professor
- Charles & Mary Caldwell Martin Prof. of Western American History
- Native American, Modern U.S., Global Indigenous
- Office: ASH 287I
Ph.D., History - University of New Mexico
M.A., History - University of New Mexico
B.A., History & American Indian Studies - University of Missouri, Columbia
Kent 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 first book, A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement was published with Yale University Press in 2018 and appears in their Henry Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity. This is 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 book, Blansett 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, “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 other 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 appeared in two different edited anthologies. 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 (HIST 4910/8916)
American Experience in WWII (HIST 4910/8916)
Native American History Survey (HIST 4400/8446)
Intro to Native American Studies (NAMS 1000)
Global Indigenous History (HIST 2990)
America in the 1960s (HIST 4480/8486)
American History Since 1865 (HIST 1120)