Participant Info

First Name
Jane
Last Name
Dinwoodie
Affiliation
Cambridge University
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Keywords
American History, Indigenous American History, Indian Removal, Indian Non-Removal, Federal Indian Policy, Indigenous South
Additional Contact Information
I am happy to be contacted on topics relating to my areas of research, but would recommend that outlets and journalists also contact Indigenous scholars and commentators, whose voices ought to be prioritized in conversations on Indigenous issues.

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About Me

I am a historian of the United States and Indigenous America. Since October 2017, I have been a postdoctoral Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge University. In July 2020, I will begin a post as a Lecturer (UK equivalent of tenure-track assistant professor) in American History at University College London.

I am currently working on my first book project. Tentatively titled We Remain: Indian Non-Removal in the Nineteenth-century American South, this project centres on Indian removal – a wave of federally-sponsored efforts to forcibly relocate Indigenous communities from their homelands east of the Mississippi River to new lands in the West, which peaked following the Indian Removal Act of 1830 – and, in particular, the experiences of the thousands of individuals, families, and communities that successfully avoided it throughout the South. By ranging across the region and its polities, We Remain tells the story of Indian non-removal in the South as a massive cross-regional phenomenon which affected not only Indigenous Southerners but also American officials, local residents, and continental dynamics of sovereignty, state development, and American empire.

I received my BA in History from Cambridge University in 2011, my MPhil in Historical Studies from Cambridge University in 2012, and my DPhil in History from Oxford University in 2017. In the 2016-17 academic year, I was an Advisory Council Dissertation Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

My research has been generously supported by a variety of associations, including the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Royal Historical Society, and the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University, among others.

Recent Publications

Jane Dinwoodie, “The Long War: Sustaining Indigenous Communities and Contesting Sovereignties in the Civil War South” in Frank Towers and Jewel Spangler (eds.), Remaking North American Sovereignty: Towards a Continental History of State Transformation in the 1860s (New York: Fordham University Press, 2020)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, American Founding Era, Colonialism, Indigenous Peoples, Migration & Immigration