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First Name
Dr. Michelle M.
Last Name
Assistant Professor of History Northeastern State University
Website URL
United States History 1500-1925, Women's History, Indigenous History, Interracial Marriage, U.S. West, Suffrage, Social History, Cultural History, Public Memory, Public history, Museum Studies
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Personal Info

About Me

Dr. Michelle M. Martin earned her PhD in history at the University of New Mexico with distinction. Her dissertation work was awarded the Linda Williams Reese Award for the Outstanding Dissertation on Oklahoma History by the Oklahoma Historical Society. She specializes in the history of interracial families and the creation of interracial and communities of color in the American West from 1800-1925. Michelle is an American social and cultural historian with a background in American history, the United States West, Indigenous history, women’s history, and museum studies. Her work centers the history of the Indian Territory (present day Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma) in the broader American historical narrative and probes the intersections of gender, race, and ethnicity in the Indian Territory from 1800-1925. Michelle has been a practicing public historian for over twenty years and has worked in the television and film industry. She also uses her research skills to help create first person living history interpretive programs for state and local historic sites and National Park Service units in the central plains. Michelle is an Assistant Professor of History at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Tahlequah is the capital of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee. When she is not in the classroom or conducting research Michelle is an avid hiker, enjoys traveling to historic sites, photographing severe/extreme weather, watching college football, and is the proud cat parent of Josephine the Tortoiseshell Kitty.

Recent Publications

“How A Difficult Diary Became My Dissertation”

“A Flag, a Dinner Bell, and a Hand Dug Well”

“Asenath’s Fiery Pen: A Woman Responds to Political Violence in Bleeding Kansas:

Asenath’s Fiery Pen

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Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, American Founding Era, Colonialism, Family, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Race, Slavery, Women