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Fortney, Jeffrey (PhD)

Assistant Professor
Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Office: MH 0182
Phone: 239-590-7176

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Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
M.A., University of North Texas
B.A., University of North Texas


United States history with a focus on Native Americans, African Americans, Race, Slavery, and the American Civil War; Game-based learning pedagogy, specifically Reacting to the Past

Courses Offered

AMH: 2010, 2020: United States History
AMH 3571: African American History
AMH 3580: Native American History
HIS 3064: Theories and Methods
HIS 3930: History Through Film
AMH 6176: Civil War History (graduate level)
AMH 6393: Native American History (graduate level)


  • Fortney, Jeff, Robert M. Jones: A Choctaw Millionaire in the America South, 1808-1873, (advanced contract), "Indians and Southern History" series, University of Alabama Press
Refereed Articles and Essays
  • Fortney, Jeff, "Serving the Choctaw Cause: Robert M. Jones, Sovereignty, and Pragmatic Diplomacy during the American Civil War" American Nineteenth Century History, special issue (Fall 2016)
  • Fortney, Jeff, "Lest We Remember: Civil War Memory and Commemoration among the Five Tribes," American Indian Quarterly 36 (Fall 2013), 525-545.
  • Fortney, Jeff and Joshua Piker, "American Indian History and Local History," in Carol Kammen and Norman Prendergast, The Local History Encyclopedia, (New York: Alta Mira Press, 2012), 26-31. (Updated and republished, Fall 2016)

Grants & Awards

Professional Development Grant, FGCU, 2018
Innovative Assignment Design Grant, "Hurricane Irma: Oral History and Life Testimony Project," 2018
Finalist, CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute, "Slavery in the Americas," 2015
Premier Presentation Grant, Central Michigan University, Fall 2014
American Society for Ethnohistory Travel Grant, 2013
Phillips Fund for Native American Research Grant, Spring 2013
Morgan Family Dissertation Fellowship, Spring 2012
University of Oklahoma Robberson Travel and Research Grant, Fall 2011, Spring 2012
Robberson Dissertation Fellowship Grant, Spring 2012