Welcome to Professor Greg O'Brien's Website!

Associate Professor of History

Department of History
University of North Carolina at Greensboro 
P.O. Box 26170
     Greensboro NC 27402-6170
Departmental phone: 336/334-5992   FAX 336/334-5910 

Summer 2008 email address: gobrien.uncg@gmail.com

Ethnohistory Review email address: ethnohistoryreview@gmail.com

>Page last updated May 8, 2008<


1998    Ph.D.       University of Kentucky - Go Cats!
1994    M.A.         James Madison University
1988    B.A.         Randolph Macon College



Editor, Pre-Removal Choctaw History: Exploring New Paths (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008)

Information from the University of Oklahoma Press


Choctaws in a Revolutionary Age, 1750-1830 (University of Nebraska Press, 2002, paperback in 2005)

*Winner of the 2003 McLemore Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society for the best book on a topic in Mississippi history.

Information from the University of Nebraska Press, including excerpts from book reviews published in academic journals.



Editor, with Tamara Harvey, George Washington's South (University Press of Florida, 2004)


Information from the University Press of Florida

USM Press Release, July 2004


Selected Articles:

The Coming of Age of Choctaw History in Pre-Removal Choctaw History: Exploring New Paths edited by Greg O'Brien ( University of Oklahoma Press , 2008).

The Choctaw Defense of Pensacola in the Revolutionary War, in Pre-Removal Choctaw History: Exploring New Paths edited by Greg O'Brien (University of Oklahoma Press , 2008).

Supplying Our Wants: Choctaws and Chickasaws Reassess the Trade Relationship with Britain , 1771-1772, in Coastal Encounters: The Transformation of the Gulf South in the Eighteenth Century Richmond F. Brown, ed. ( University of Nebraska Press, 2007), 61-80.

Indian Removal and Land Cessions, 1830-1849, Treaties with American Indians: An Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts, and Sovereignty Donald L. Fixico, ed. (ABC-CLIO, 2007), 83-93.

Mississippi's Oldest Pastime. co-authored with Deanne Stephens Nuwer. Resorting to Casinos: The Mississippi Gambling Industry Denise Von Herrmann, ed. (University Press of Mississippi), 2006. See a review of the book from the Biloxi Sun Herald here.

Trying to Look Like Men: Changing Notions of Masculinity Among Choctaw Elites in the Early Republic. Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South. Craig Friend and Lorri Glover, eds. (University of Georgia Press), 2004.

A History of Indians in Fluvanna County, Virginia. Fluvanna History (2004) 75:1-34.

We are behind you: The Choctaw Occupation of Natchez in 1778. Journal of Mississippi History (Summer 2002) 64:107-124.
The Conqueror Meets the Unconquered: Negotiating Cultural Boundaries on the Post-Revolutionary Southern Frontier. Journal of Southern History (Feb. 2001) 68:39-72.

**Winner of the 2002 Fletcher M. Green and Charles W. Ramsdell Award for the best article published in the Journal of Southern History during the two preceding years.

Protecting Trade through War: Choctaw Elites and British Occupation of the Floridas. Empire and Others: British Encounters with Indigenous Peoples, 1600-1850 Martin Daunton and Rick Halpern, eds.  (UCL Press and University of Pennsylvania Press), 1999.

For a longer list of my publications, go here

Press Releases and News - Links

USM Press Release about Pre-removal Choctaw History, April 15, 2008

Article in Hattiesburg American on January 31, 2008 about Native people in the South and the new journal, with lots of quotes. Additional coverage online here & here

Announcement of new journal: Native South: USM press release and mention in Hattiesburg American on January 27, 2008

Hear an mp3 clip of my contribution to Mississippi Public Radio's discussion of civics education on September 28, 2007

Quoted in USM press release about Douglas Brinkley's Forum talk on February 8, 2007

Talk at the Historic New Orleans Collection, October 25, 2006, USM press release is here.

Recipient of a Dianne Woest Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities from the Historic New Orleans Collection, 2005-2006, USM press release

Recipient of a 2005 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher Award, with a public lecture on November 29, 2005

In Fall 2004 I was a Visiting Professor in Native American Studies at Dartmouth College

"Liberal arts teaches skills attractive to employers" -column in the Student Printz, April 2004

Southern Miss History Graduate Students on fast-track to success, November 2003

McLemore Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society, March 2003

Research Interests & Professional Activities

Ethnohistory of southeastern American Indians, southern environmental history, American Revolution, early United States.

Current Projects:  
Presently, I am working on a major project about the 1849 Flood in New Orleans (also known as the Sauve Crevasse), focusing on the career of engineer and surveyor George Towers Dunbar, Jr. The working title of the book is The New Orleans Flood of 1849: Politics, Engineering, Culture, and the Environment in Antebellum Louisiana. I have presented conference papers and public talks on the topic and am preparing articles on certain aspects of the flood to submit to journals - check back for updates.

I am co-editor of a new series with SUNY Press entitled Ethnohistories of Early America which offers the Francis Jennings Prize in early American ethnohistory each year. See H-Net announcement, April 2008.

I am the Book Review Editor for North American titles for Ethnohistory, the academic journal of the American Society for Ethnohistory

I am an associate editor for Native South (a new academic journal published by the University of Nebraska Press - see media coverage above)

I am on the Editorial Review Boards of the Florida Historical Quarterly and the Journal of Mississippi History

Links to my Book Reviews on H-Net

"Making Race Relevant," Review of Claudio Saunt. Black, White, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family (September 2006, H-AmIndian)

"Seminole Wars or American Wars?" Review of John Missall and Mary Lou Missall. The Seminole Wars: America's Longest Indian Conflict (May 2005, H-Florida)

"The Cultures of the Appalachian Environment," Review of Benita J. Howell, ed. Culture, Environment, and Conservation in the Appalachian South (February 2004, H-Environment)

"Re-Imagining the History of Early America," Review of Daniel K. Richter. Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America (September 2002, H-AmIndian)

"Real Ecological Indians: Connecting Culture and Ecology in Native America," Review of Paul E Minnis and Wayne J Elisens, eds. Biodiversity and Native America and Winona LaDuke. All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (August 2001, H-Environment)

Review of Elizabeth Vibert. Traders' Tales: Narratives of Cultural Encounters in the Columbia Plateau, 1807-1846 (January 1999, H-SHEAR)

Links to my Articles for the online Mississippi History Now Website

Gideon Lincecum (1793-1874): Mississippi Pioneer and Man of Many Talents

Chickasaws: The Unconquerable People

Mushulatubbe and Choctaw Removal: Chiefs Confront A Changing World

Pushmataha: Choctaw Warrior, Diplomat, and Chief

Making the Mississippi Over Again: The Development of River Control in Mississippi

Links to my articles for the online Encyclopedia of Alabama

Southeastern Indians and the American Revolution

Choctaws in Alabama

Chickasaws in Alabama


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