OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Samuel Truett

Portrait of Samuel Truett

Samuel Truett is an associate professor of history at the University of New Mexico. A historian of U.S.-Mexico borderlands, the North American West, environmental history, and comparative empires, borderlands, and indigenous peoples, he connects U.S. history to larger hemispheric and global frameworks. His first book, Fugitive Landscapes: The Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (2006), takes a transnational approach to the U.S.-Mexico borderlands with a focus on turn-of-the-century Arizona and Sonora. He is also a coeditor, with Elliott Young, of Continental Crossroads: Remapping U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History (2004). His current project focuses on a nineteenth-century British orphan who sailed across the China Seas as an adventurer, surveyor, and opium trader and became a peasant in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. This story anchors a border-crossing history of the British Empire, the Americas, and the maritime borderlands of the greater China Seas and the Pacific Ocean. Truett's second project-in-progress looks at the centuries-old fascination with ruins and lost worlds on the frontiers of North America and Latin America.

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