Professor Emeritus

Frederick E. Hoxie

CAS Professor Emeritus of History, Law, and American Indian Studies

Professor Hoxie is the author or editor of more than a dozen books and many scholarly articles on federal Indian policy, Plains Indians, and Native American history. These include A Final Promise (1984) and, most recently, This Indian Country (2012), the recipient of the 2013 Caughey Prize for the best book in Western History. His other works include Parading Through History: The Making of the Crow Nation in America (1995), (as coauthor) The People: A History of Native America (2007), and (as editor) The Encyclopedia of North American Indians (1996). He has also maintained a prominent role as a public historian and has served as consultant and expert witness to the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the National Congress of American Indians, the National Park Service, and several North American tribes.

Before coming to the University of Illinois, he served for fifteen years at the Newberry Library, first as director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History and later as Vice President for Research and Education. He previously taught at Antioch College and Northwestern University and is the recipient of honorary degrees from Amherst College and Long Island University; in addition, he received the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western History Association. Hoxie has been elected president of the American Society of Ethnohistory as well as to the governing boards of the Organization of American Historians, Amherst College, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Illinois Humanities Council. He has held fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Huntington Library. In 2013, Dr. Hoxie was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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