Gregory D. Smithers

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Gregory D. Smithers

Gregory Smithers is professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University and a British Academy Global Professor. He specializes in Native American history and culture from the eighteenth century to the present, with an emphasis on the Cherokee people and their Indigenous and non-Indigenous neighbors in the Native South. Smithers' research also explores the history of climate change through the lens of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and tackles questions about how and why people form individual and collective identities. He is the author of numerous books, the most recent being Native Southerners: Indigenous History from Origins to Removal (2019) and The Cherokee Diaspora: An Indigenous History of Migration, Resettlement, and Identity (2015).

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Twitter: @GD_Smithers.


  • Saving the World with Indigenous Knowledge
  • They’re Killing the River: The TVA, Environmentalism, and Native American Activism
  • Reclaiming Two-Spirits: Gender, Ritual, and Spirituality in Native American History
  • Native Southerners: Indigenous Perspectives on Tradition and Change in American History
  • Anti-Indian Prejudices in the Age of Trump *

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.