Baligh Ben Taleb

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Graduate Student; 2017-2018 Research Assistant History (402) 472-2414 612 Oldfather Hall



Baligh Ben Taleb is a former Fulbright scholar from Tunisia and a PhD candidate in History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research pipeline consists of three distinct tracks, all of which involve colonial history, comparative settler colonial studies, truth and reconciliation (Indigenous/Settler Context). His doctoral dissertation examines the work of the Indian Claims Commission (August 1946- September 1978) and its impacts on Western Indian tribes such as the Shoshone Indians, and places it within the dialectic between settler colonialism and efforts of reparations in the United States. 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 the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 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 History Association (WHA), Western Social Sciences Association (WSSA), Heidelberg Spring Academy (HCA, Germany), and European Association of Urban Historian (EAUH, Finland).

 In recognition of his outstanding performance and scholarly potential, Baligh has earned a number of awards: the Addison E. Sheldon Fellowship, Department of History (Fall 2016), Student Travel Award, the American Society for Ethnohistory (Fall 2016), the Maslowski Travel Award, Department of History (Summer 2017), and University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Dean’s Fellowship (2017-2018), among others. Ben Taleb also serves as a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Great Plains Studies.


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, Vol. 5. N. 1. (Spring 2017), 124.

  • Dean’s Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017-2018.
  • The Addison E. Sheldon Fellowship, Department of History, Fall 2016.
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student, Heidelberg Spring Academy, Germany, March 12-20th, 2016.
  • Graduate Fellowship, Center for Great Plains Studies, 2016-present.
  • Fulbright Scholarship, Postbaccalureate Achievement Program, U.S. State Department, 2009-2010.
  • Grants, Institute for Ethnic Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Spring 2015.
  • 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