Daniel Usner

Portrait of Daniel Usner
Image Credit: Rhonda S. Usner

Daniel Usner is the Holland N. McTyeire Professor of History at Vanderbilt University and a past president of the American Society for Ethnohistory. He teaches courses on colonial North America, American Indian history, and Atlantic World empires and borderlands. His research focuses on the American South during the colonial and early national periods and on relations between the United States and Indian nations to the present. Most of his work is influenced by a special interest in the complicated intersections of economic adaptation and cultural representation. Usner is the author of Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in a Frontier Exchange Economy: The Lower Mississippi Valley Before 1783 (1992); American Indians in the Lower Mississippi Valley (1998); Indian Work: Language and Livelihood in North American Indian History (2009); Weaving Alliances with Other Women: Chitimacha Indian Work in the New South( 2015); and American Indians in Early New Orleans: From Calumet to Raquette (2018). He is currently writing a book entitled "From Bayou Teche to Fifth Avenue: How Chitimacha Basket Diplomacy Saved an American Indian Nation."

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