Michael Oberg

Distinguished Professor of History
Sturges Hall 15 A/B

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.


Michael Oberg

Curriculum Vitae


  • 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)

More About Me

Research Interests

Colonial U.S.
Native American

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


The Sullivan Campaign
Indian Affairs, Laws and Treaties
The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents
National Anthropological Archives
English Handwriting Lessons, 1500-1700


Listen here to my interview with "New Books in History" on my Peacemakers: The Iroquois, the United States, and the Treaty of Canandaigua, 1794



  • 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 405: English Atlantic World to 1763

    This course is a history of the settlement, expansion, and development of the American Colonies, from the time of the first English settlements to the eve of the American Revolution in the middle of the eighteenth century. The central theme of the course is the expansion of English society across the Atlantic. We will examine the interaction of Englishmen and women with their environment, with native peoples, and with a variety of groups that were imported or that freely migrated into the colonies. We will examine the relations between these peoples, and through their conflicts, their cooperation, and their incomplete assimilation into an Anglo-American colonial society, arrive at a fuller understanding of American colonial development. Events in the American colonies, furthermore, will be viewed in their transatlantic, imperial context. As such, we will focus on developments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and on both sides of the “frontier.” Prerequisite: HIST 302 (HIST 301 also recommended). Not offered on a regular basis.

  • HUMN 220: W/H/Western Humanities I

    A search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from the beginnings to 1600. The course is factual as well as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered.