OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Ari Kelman

Portrait of Ari Kelman

Ari Kelman is Chancellor’s Leadership Professor of History at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches the Civil War and Reconstruction, the politics of memory, environmental history, and Native American history. He is the author of A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek (2013), which won the Bancroft Prize and the OAH Avery O. Craven Award, among others; A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans (2003), which won the Vernacular Architecture Forum's Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize; and Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War (2015). Kelman's essays and articles have appeared in Slate, The Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, The Times Literary Supplement, the Journal of Urban History, the Journal of American History, and many others. He has also contributed to outreach endeavors for K-12 educators and to a variety of public history projects, including documentary films for the History Channel and pbs's "American Experience" series. He has received numerous grants and fellowships, most notably from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Huntington Library. He is now working on a book tentatively entitled, "For Liberty and Empire: How the Civil War Bled into the Indian Wars."

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