Baligh Ben Taleb

Graduate Student; Fall 2016-Spring 2017 Teaching Assistant Profile Image
Graduate Student; Fall 2016-Spring 2017 Teaching Assistant History (402) 472-2414 612 Oldfather Hall



Baligh is a Ph.D. student in history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializing in colonial history, comparative settler colonial studies, truth and reconciliation, and Native American history. His doctoral dissertation examines the impact of the Indian Claims Commission (August 1946- September 1978) on the Plains Indians and places it within the dialectic between settler colonialism and truth and reconciliation in the United States. He asks whether the ICC effectively redressed past injustices of the United States against eastern tribes of Nebraska or whether it merely terminated native title to the land and ended White-Indian legal confrontation. Prior to his doctoral studies, Baligh earned an M.A. in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a B.A. in English and History from the University of Tunis—each with a focus on comparative settler colonial history of the plight of Native Americans and the Palestinians.

At UNL, Baligh has taught a few courses; “Twentieth Century Minority Experiences in the U.S. and Beyond,” and “Race and Ethnic Relations,” among others. He has also presented at national and international conferences including the American Society for Ethnohistory (ASE), Western Historical Association (WHA), Western Social Sciences Association (WSSA), Heidelberg Spring Academy (HCA, Germany), and European Association of Urban Historian (EAUH, Finland). He currently serves as president of the UNL Fulbright Student Association.


Book Review: “Margaret Jacobs, White Mother to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism, and the Removal of Indigenous Children in the American West and Australia, 1880-1940. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.”  Past Tense Journal, Spring 2017. (Forthcoming)

  • Fulbright Scholarship, Postbaccalureate Achievement Program, U.S. State Department, 2009-2010.
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student, Heidelberg Spring Academy, Germany, March 12-20th, 2016.
  • Graduate Fellowship, Center of the Great Plains Studies, 2016-present.
  • Grants, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2016.
  • Award of Active Citizen Summit, the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), Oct., 21st -31st, 2012.
  • Honorary Citizen of Nebraska signed by Governor Dave Heinemann and witnessed by Secretary of State John A. Gale, 2011-present.
  • Ph.D., History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Expected date of Graduation: May 2018)
  • M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013  “Accounts of Settler Colonialism: A Comparative Study of the Dakota & Palestinians’ Plight”
  • B.A., University of Tunis, Tunisia, 2008  “American Foreign Policy between Democracy and Hegemony in the wake of the Cold War”
  • American West/Native American History
  • Comparative Settler Colonial History
  • Truth & Reconciliation (Settler/Indigenous Context)
  • Race/Ethnicity/Minority Experiences
  • Modern History of North Africa & Middle East