Mikal Eckstrom

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Growing up on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, Mikal Eckstrom's academic work lives in the margins. His current academic work focuses on two marginalized groups: American Jews and American Indians in the North American West, 1850-1950. Spanning over one hundred years, this work examines how immigrant Jews were part of a larger settler colonial schema in the North American West, and how the principle of "mitzvah," or good deed, shifted the relationship between American Jews and American Indians during the early twentieth century.

Prior to Lincoln, his thesis "Locating Lemkin: Historiography, Concepts, and the Problem of Genocide in the American West," under the direction of Professor Taner Akcam, received first departmental high honors at Clark University. Other academic work explored the role of female missionaries in Armenia and Nez Perce Country and the political machinations after the Paxton Massacre in pre-Revolutionary Pennsylvania.

Eckstrom has interned at the National Museum of the American Indian-Smithsonian in the Education Department in 2009 and worked on the Letters Project, a collection that contains over 3,000 items stemming from the Shoah.

At Clark, Mikal was a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholar, a Steinbrecher Fellow, and a recipient of the Belfer Fund for Scholars of Holocaust Studies. Eckstrom is currently a graduate fellow at the Center for Great Plains Studies at UNL, a Sheldon Excellence in History Recipient, and Sheldon Fellow.

  • Fall 2016, History of the US Present
  • Fall 2015, America After 1877
  • Fall 2013, Women and Gender in U.S. History, Margaret Jacobs
  • Spring 2012, America until 1877, Kenneth Winkle 
  • Fall 2011, Native American History, Victoria Smith
  • Center for Digital Research in the Humanities Graduate Incubator Winner
  • Bernard and Audre Rapport Fellow at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center, American Jewish Archives
  • Sheldon Dissertation Writing Fellowship 
  • Center for Great Plains Graduate Fellow 
  • Center for Jewish History Archival Training Fellow 
  • Jack Kent Cooke Continuing Graduate Scholar
  • Review of Nicole Tonkovich’s Dividing the Reservation: Alice C. Fletcher's Nez Perce Allotment Diaries and Letters, 1889 – 1892 for Western Historical Quarterly, forthcoming, Spring 2018.
  • "Review of Jason E. Pierce’s, Making the White Man’s West: Whiteness and the Creation of the American West for Great Plains Quarterly, forthcoming, Winter 2017.
  • Wall Street Journal, Letter to the Editor, Indian Child Welfare Act, 2016.
  • "Teaching American History as Settler Colonialism" with Margaret Jacobs in Why You Can't Teach United State History Without American Indians, Susan Sleeper-Smith, Juliana Barr, Jean M. O'Brien, Nancy Shoemaker, and Scott Manning Stevensm eds, University of North Carolina Press, 2015.
  •  "Creating and Administering a Primary Source Analysis" (Co-Authored with John Buchkoski, Holly Kizewski, and Courtney Pixler) Perspectives on History Magazine of the American Historical Association, January 2015.
  • Review of Karen V. Hansen's Encounters on the Great Plains in Great Plains Quarterly, Fall 2014.
  • Teaching Council, 2014-2015 
  • V.P. History Graduate Students' Association, 2013-2014
  • Co-Chair, James A. Rawley Graduate Conference for the Humanities, 2014

M.A., Clark University, 2012
B.A., Clark University, 2010


Native American, North American West, Great Plains, Women and Gender, Digital History