Maurice S. Crandall

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Native American Studies

Maurice Crandall is a citizen of the Yavapai-Apache Nation of Camp Verde, Arizona. He is a historian of the Indigenous peoples of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (primarily New Mexico, Arizona, and Sonora). From 2016–2017, he was the Clements Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America at the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Prior to that, Professor Crandall worked as the Historical Projects Specialist at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a museum, archives, and cultural center owned and operated by New Mexico’s nineteen Pueblo Indian nations. His first book, These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598–1912 (University of North Carolina Press, David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History, 2019), examines the ways in which Indigenous communities in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands implemented/adapted/indigenized/subverted colonially imposed ideas of democratic town government and voting during the Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. Territorial periods. These People Have Always Been a Republic is the winner of the 2020 Caughey Western History Prize (most distinguished book on the history of the American West) from the Western History Association, the 2020 Weber-Clements Prize (best non-fiction book on Southwestern America), a Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association, and Honorable Mention for the 2020 Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Book Award (best book-length contribution to ethnohistory) from the American Society for Ethnohistory. 
Professor Crandall's current book project explores the crucial role played by Yavapai and Dilzhe'e Apache Scouts in building and strengthening their communities after the so-called Indian Wars.


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Native American & Indigenous Studies


Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2015

Selected Publications

  • "Little Brother to Dartmouth: Thetford Academy, Colonialism, and Dispossession in New England," The New England Quarterly, 95 no. 1 (March 2022), 39–65.

    "When the City Comes to the Indian: Yavapai-Apache Exodus and Return to Urban Indian Homelands, 1870s–1920s," in Indian Cities: Histories of Indigenous Urbanization (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2022), 138–164.

    "Religious Gatekeeping in Red-Rock Country," High Country News, 54 no. 1 (January 2022).

    “Sovereign Impunity,” review essay of Alexandra Harmon, Reclaiming the Reservation: Histories of Indian Sovereignty Suppressed and Renewed (University of Washington Press, 2019), in Reviews in American History, 49 no. 1 (March 2021), 113–118.

    "Yava-Who?: Yavapai History and (Mis)Representation in Arizona's Indigenous landscape," Journal of Arizona History, 61 nos. 3&4 (Autumn/Winter 2020), 487–510. Special Issue, "Exploring Arizona's Diverse Past."

    These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598–1912 (November 2019, University of North Carolina Press, David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History).

    Reflections on The Social Organization of the Western Apache and Genville Goodwin Among the Western Apache: Letters from the Field (April 2020, University of Arizona Press Open Arizona Series).

    "Carlos Montezuma and the Emergence of American Indian Activism,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, March 2018.

    “Wassaja Comes Home: A Yavapai Perspective on Carlos Montezuma’s Search for Identity,” Journal of Arizona History, 55 no. 1 (Spring 2014), 1–26. Winner, C. L. Sonnichsen Award, Arizona Historical Society, April 2015 (Best Article of 2014 in Journal of Arizona History).

Selected Works & Activities

Member, Editorial Board, University of North Carolina Press David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History

Faculty Advisor to NAD (Native Americans at Dartmouth).

Principal researcher and author, We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story (approx. 8,000-word script, +/-10,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space), permanent museum exhibition at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Opened to the public April 2016.