Michael Oberg has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1998.
Professor Oberg's research interests are in Native American studies. Read his blog, Native America: A History.
Ph.D., Syracuse University
Peacemakers: The Iroquois, the United States, and the Treaty of Canandaigua, 1794 (Oxford, 2015)
Professional Indian: The American Odyssey of Eleazer Williams(Penn, 2015)
Native America: A History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)
The Head in Edward Nugent's Hand: Roanoke's Forgotten Indians(Pennsylvania, 2008)
Samuel Wiseman's Book of Record: The Official Account of Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia, 1676-1677(Lexington, 2005)
Uncas: First of the Mohegans(Cornell, 2003)
Dominion and Civility: English Imperialism and Native America, 1585-1685(Cornell, 1999)
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Awards and Honors
SUNY Distinguished Professor, 2015
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2013
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003
HIST 261: Native American History
This course is a survey of the history of Native Americans in the region that ultimately became the United States. It will trace the effects and consequences of European settlement, and native response, resistance, and accommodation to colonization; explore Indian response to the American Revolution and the westward expansion of white settlement in the decades following; and examine the historical context of the problems, issues, and challenges facing Native Americans in contemporary American society.
HIST 302: Topic: Indian Boarding School
This is one of two required skills-based seminars in the History major that form prerequisites for upper level classes. This course is focused on critical analysis of historical evidence and instruction in historical research methods and writing. Students read, evaluate, and critique a range of different types of primary source evidence, practice locating and retrieving reliable primary and secondary sources, and use these skills to support the crafting of historical arguments in both short papers and longer research projects. All sections will focus on a specific set of historical issues and/or events chosen by the instructor and class content emphasizes work with primary sources specific to the seminar topic. This class is reading and writing intensive.