Ellis chosen for Distinguished Lectureship Program

Clyde Ellis, professor of history, will serve a three-year term in the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Distinguished Lectureship Program. Details...

Dr. Nell Irvin Painter, president-elect of the OAH, recently extended an invitation to Ellis to join the program.

For the past 25 years, OAH presidents have appointed their most illustrious and dynamic colleagues to the Distinguished Lectureship Program, making it one of the longest running and most successful efforts of its kind among scholarly associations.

Incoming OAH presidents appoint between 25-30 new lecturers each year; recent appointees to the lectureship program have included faculty from the University of Virginia, Brown University, Stanford University, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago.

Ellis is a nationally recognized scholar in American Indian history who has published widely since joining Elon’s faculty in 1994. His most important works include:

• “To Change Them Forever: Indian Education at the Rainy Mountain Boarding School, 1893-1920″—Published in 1996, the book won the 1997 Gustavus Myers Award for the Outstanding Work on Intolerance in North America

• “The Jesus Road: Kiowas, Christianity, and Indian Hymns”—Published in 2002, Ellis’ second book was nominated for the 2002 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, presented by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, and for the 2003 Alan P. Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology. “The Jesus Road” was also named to Choice magazine’s list of the most significant university press titles published in 2001-2002

• “A Dancing People: Powwow Culture on the Southern Plains”—Published in 2003, “A Dancing People” was a finalist for the 2004 Western Writers of America contemporary non-fiction prize and the 2004 Oklahoma Center for the Book Non-Fiction Prize

• “Powwow,” A 2006 publication Ellis co-edited with Luke Eric Lassiter and Gary Dunham.

Ellis serves on the editorial boards of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, The Great Plains Quarterly, and Montana, The Magazine of Western History. He also served as a consultant for the Smithsonian’s recently opened National Museum of the American Indian.

Ellis served as the Gordon Russell Visiting Associate Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College in 2002 and was the recipient of Elon’s Distinguished Scholar Award in 2004. He is currently writing a history of the Indian hobbyist movement in the United States. Visit the link below for more information on the program. The OAH will formally announce this year’s Distinguished Lectureship appointments later this spring.