Bryan C. Rindfleisch specializes in Early (Colonial) American, Native American, and Atlantic World history. My first book – George Galphin’s Intimate Empire: Intercultural Family, Trade, and Colonialism in Early America – focused on the intersection of colonial, Native, imperial, and Atlantic histories, peoples, and places in the eighteenth-century South. This project was funded by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture, Newberry Library, David Library of the American Revolution, William L. Clements Library, and more. I have also published articles in the journals of Early American Studies, Ethnohistory, Native South, Journal of Early American History, The American Historian, History Compass, XVIII: New Perspectives on the Eighteenth-Century, among others. In addition, I am a co-editor of the interdisciplinary forum, H-AmIndian.
My current project explores the intersections of Creek and Cherokee peoples in the seventeenth and eighteenth-centuries. They intermarried with one another, waged war against – and forged peace with – each other, shared their languages and cultural practices, hunted and lived alongside one another on the fringes of their territories, along with many other connections that illustrate how intertwined their communities and histories were. My hope, then, is to change the ways in which historians understand the complex and interdimensional histories of Native Peoples and regions in Early America.
My teaching interests revolve around Early (Colonial) America and Native American history, particularly intercultural family and violence, the nature of empires and colonialism, and Indigenous resistance and decolonization movements throughout history. I welcome inquiries from graduate students broadly interested in Early America and the Atlantic World, or more specifically the Native (American) South, Southern history, intimacy and violence, empires and colonialism, or intercultural exchange.
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2014
HIST 1101: Introduction to American History, 1491-Present
HIST 2101: Growth of the American Nation, 1491-1865
HIST 3101: Early American History, 1491-1776
HIST 4155: A History of Native America, 1491-Present
HIST 6101: Early American Colloquium, 1491-1776
In addition to these regular offerings, Rindfleisch’s teaching interests revolve around the role of violence in early America, the nature of empires and colonialism, and Indigenous resistance and decolonization movements throughout history.
He is co-editor of the interdisciplinary forum, H-AmIndian.
Early American, Native American
Rindfleisch has also published a number of articles in the journals of Ethnohistory, Native South, New Hibernia Review, History Compass, Journal of the American Revolution, among others.