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I am an historian of race and ethnicity in Hawai'i and the United States, focusing especially on the histories of American Indian and Native Hawaiian people. My first book, The Color of the Land, argues for the central place of struggles over the ownership of Native American lands in the history of racial and national construction by Creeks, African Americans, and whites in the Creek Nation and eastern Oklahoma. The Color of the Land was awarded the 2010 Theodore Saloutos Prize for best book in agricultural history from the Agricultural History Society, was named a CHOICE Magazine Outstanding Academic Book Title for 2010, was granted Honorable Mention in the competition for the American Studies Association's 2011 Lora Romero First Book Prize; and was granted Honorable Mention in the competition for the Ethnohistory Association's Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Book Prize.
Congratulations to Professor Allen and Barbara Isaacman! Their book "Dams, Displacement, and the Delusion of Development: Cahora Bassa and Its Legacies in Mozambique, 1965-2007" has recently been honored with two major book awards: ASA's Melville Herskovits Award, and AHA's Martin A. Klein Prize.December 5th, 2014
Professor Jeani O'Brien (history and American Indian studies) has been awarded the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014 by the Western History Association.December 4th, 2014
Jean O'Brien has been awarded this year's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Jean O'Brien joins Erika Lee (2012) as the second historian to receive Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Congratulations, Jeani!