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Elliott West

  • Distinguished Professor, Alumni Distinguished Professor
  • American West, American Indian

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Biography

Elliott West received his B.A. from the University of Texas (1967) and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado (1971). He joined the U of A faculty in 1979. Two of his books, Growing Up With the Country: Childhood on the Far-Western Frontier (1989) and The Way to the West: Essays on the Central Plains (1995) received the Western Heritage Award. The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado (1998) received five awards including the Francis Parkman Prize and PEN Center Award. His most recent book is The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story (2009).

In 1995 West was awarded the U of A Teacher of the Year and the Carnegie Foundation‘s Arkansas Professor of the Year. In 2001 he received the Baum Faculty Teaching Award, and in 2009 he was one of three finalists for the Robert Foster Cherry Award recognizing the outstanding teacher in the nation.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Publications

  • The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story. Pivotal Moments in American History Series. Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • With Rodman W. Paul. Mining Frontiers of the Far West: 1848-1880. Revised and Expanded Edition. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2001.
  • The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998.
  • Growing Up in Twentieth-Century America: A History and Resource Guide. Westport,CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.
  • The Way to the West: Essays on the Central Plains. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1995.
  • Growing Up With the Country: Childhood on the Far-Western Frontier. Histories of the Frontier Series. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1989.
  • The Saloon on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1979.

Courses Taught

  • History of the American Indian