Michael ObergDistinguished Professor of History
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: M/U/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. Not offered on a regular basis
HIST 406: Age of the American Revolution
This course explores the structures of American society in the second half of the eighteenth century, British colonial policies and American opposition to those policies, the growth of revolutionary movements, and the cultural, political, military, and ideological contexts of the period. The course will also examine the impact of the war on African Americans, Native Americans, women, and ordinary citizens. Students will engage with the social consequences of the Revolution, post-war economics, post-war politics, post-war society, and the arguments for and against the establishment of a strong central government culminating in the Philadelphia Convention and the ratification of the Constitution of 1787. Prerequisite: HIST 302 (HIST 301 also recommended). Not offered on a regular basis.
INTD 105: WrtSem:Indian Boarding Schools
Writing Seminar is a course focusing on a specific topic while emphasizing writing practice and instruction, potentially taught by any member of the College faculty. Because this is primarily a course in writing, reading assignments will be briefer than in traditional topic courses, and students will prove their understanding of the subject matter through writing compositions rather than taking examinations. Corequisite: INTD 106.