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Patrick Bottiger

Assistant Professor
Phone: (239) 590-7159
Office: Modular 1 - Office 16

Ph.D., History, University of Oklahoma, 2009
B.A., History, St. John’s University, 2001


Research and Teaching Interests

American Indian communities of colonial and early national U.S., social construction of race, the Revolutionary Frontier and the Ohio Valley, Frontiers and Borderlands, Prophetstown and Indiana history


Courses Offered

  • AMH 2010 – U.S. History to 1877
  • HIS 3930 – American Indian History
  • HIS 3064 – Historical Theories and Methods
  • AMH 4141 – U.S. 1800 – 1860
  • AMH 6115 – Graduate Course in Antebellum America
  • AMH 6116 – Graduate Course in Colonial America


Articles and Essays

  • "Prophetstown for Their Own Purposes: The French, Miami and Cultural Identities in the Wabash-Maumee Valley," Journal of the Early Republic (Spring 2013)
  • "Stabbed in the Back: Vincennes, Slavery, and the Indian 'Threat'," Indiana Journal of History, Vol. 107 (June 2011), pp. 89-102.
  • "Miami Indians," "Potawatomi Indians," "Kickapoo Indians," "Delaware Indians," "The Ohio Valley," "Shawnee Indians,"  in Peter C. Mancall, ed., Encyclopedia of Native American History (New York: Facts on File, 2011).
  • “No Smooth Transitions: Post-Revolutionary Ohio Valley and the Competition of Nationalisms,” in Evolution of French America: the Creole Corridor, 18th to 19th Centuries, edited by Guillaume Teasdale and Tangi Villerbu (Paris: Les Indes Savantes, forthcoming).


Conference Presentations

  • "Prophetstown, Vincennes, and the Invasion of the Miami Borderland, 1795-1825," paper presented The Long Struggle for the Ohio Valley, 1750-1815 Conference, October 2012.
  • “Prophetic Tools: Miami Factionalism, their French brethren, and the construction of Prophetstown,” paper presented at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, July 2009.
  •  “Peculiar connections:  Vincennes factionalizes over Prophetstown,” paper presented at the Prophetstown Revisited: A Summit on Early Native American Studies, 2008.
  • “Prophetstown and Vincennes: Religious dialogues and identity formation in Indiana Territory, 1805 – 1812," paper presented at the Western History Association, 2007.


Grants and Awards

  • "Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers Summer 2011: The Early American Republic and the Problem of Governance," National Endowment for the Humanities, Philadelphia, June 19 – July 14, 2011.

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