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Margaret D. Jacobs

Margaret D. Jacobs

Chancellor's Professor of History

Contact Information:


641 Oldfather Hall

Department of History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588, USA
Phone: (402) 472-2417
Fax: (402) 472-8839
E-mail: email address

Curriculum Vitae: CV


Joined the Department:

2004

I am primarily interested in women, gender, race, and empire, and I conduct comparative historical research on settler colonies such as the American and Canadian Wests and Australia.

My most recent book, White Mother to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism, and the Removal of Indigenous Children in the American West and Australia, 1880-1940, won three awards, including the 2010 Bancroft Prize from Columbia University.

I am currently working on two main projects: 1) a history of the fostering and adoption of American Indian children in the late twentieth century and 2) a small, more theoretical overview of gender and colonialism in the American West. I am planning a trilogy on what I call "corporeal colonialism" that will address three embodied histories of colonialism: indigenous dance; food; and language.

I teach courses on U.S. women's and gender history, the history of women and gender in the American West, and graduate courses in American history and women, gender, and empire.


Expertise:

  • Colonialism and Decolonization
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Native American
  • North American West
  • Women

Education:

Ph.D.. History, University of California, Davis, 1996
A.B. History, Stanford University, 1986

Past positions:
Assistant and Associate Professor, History, New Mexico State University, 1997-2004



Books:

Jacobs, Margaret D. White Mother to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism, and the Removal of Indigenous Children in the American West and Australia, 1880-1940. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.
Jacobs, Margaret D. Engendered Encounters: Feminism and Pueblo Cultures, 1879-1934. University of Nebraska Press, 1999.

Articles:

Jacobs, Margaret D. "Working on the Domestic Frontier: American Indian Domestic Servants in White Women's Households in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1920-40" Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. (2007): 165-199.
Jacobs, Margaret D. "Maternal Colonialism: White Women and Indigenous Child Removal in the American West and Australia, 1880-1940" Western Historical Quarterly. (2005): pp. 453-476.
Jacobs, Margaret D. "A Battle for the Children: American Indian Child Removal in Arizona in the Era of Assimilation" Journal of Arizona History. (2004): pp. 31-62.
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Research Grants, Awards, and Fellowships:

Jacobs, Margaret D. "White Mother to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism, and the Removal of Indigenous Children in the American West and Australia, 1880-1940." 2010 Bancroft Prize .

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