History, The University of New Mexico, United States

Anthropology, History

Octobre 2015 à Juin 2016


Samuel TRUETT earned his B.A. in anthropology at the University of Arizona (1988) and his Ph.D. in History at Yale University (1997). He is an Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, with research and teaching interests in U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Environmental History, Indigenous America, and borderlands and frontiers in North American and global contexts. He has held major fellowships at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, The Huntington Library, John Carter Brown Library, Newberry Library, and in 2008 was featured as a “Top Young Historian” by the History News Network. He was a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Tampere, Finland (2000-01), and Snead-Wertheim Fellow in Anthropology and History at the University of New Mexico (2001-02). At the University of New Mexico, he has developed programs in environmental and Native American history connected to Ted Turner’s ranches in New Mexico and the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies in Chicago.

Search project

"Borderlands, Wandering Peoples, and Entanglement in the Nineteenth-Century World"

During his fellowship at IAS-Nantes, Samuel TRUETT seeks to complete a book-length project on the border crossings and entanglements of a nineteenth-century British sailor—an adventurer, surveyor-navigator, and opium trader in the China Seas—who became a peasant villager in the borderlands of Mexico. TRUETT uses his globetrotter and his wandering, border-crossing cohort to challenge state-centered histories—to envision a “histoire croisée of the nineteenth-century world. Working from multi-centered foundations, focusing on maritime borderlands in Southeast Asia and the Pacific and terrestrial borderlands in North America, he seeks to capture at the scale of ordinary border-crossing people what empires and nations later wrote out of world history. As an adjunct to this project, he will also focus on two article-length pieces. The first seeks to lay foundations for borderlands history in a global, comparative context. The second looks at relationships among sedentary and nomadic regimes in the China Seas and U.S.-Mexico borderlands. All three focus on relations among empires, nations, and wandering peoples in a global century that was shaped by its countervailing space-fixing and border-crossing forces.


2011. « On Borderlands », with P. Hämäläinen, Journal of American History, Vol. 98, No. 2, pp. 338-361.

2006. Fugitive Landscapes: The Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, New Haven: Yale University Press.

2005. « Epics of Greater America: Herbert Eugene Bolton’s Quest for a Transnational American History », in Interpreting Spanish Colonialism: Empires, Nations, and Legends, C. Schmidt-Nowara, J. Nieto-Phillips (eds.), Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, pp. 213-47.