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Baligh Ben Taleb is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializing in American western history, comparative settler colonial studies, and transitional justice (Indigenous/Settler Context). His doctoral dissertation examines the politics of the Indian Claims Commission (August 1946- September 1978) and its implications on Western Shoshone land rights.

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), Western History Dissertation Writing Workshop (1 of top 5 participants from the United States and beyond), Heidelberg Spring Academy, Germany (1 of 20 outstanding PhD candidates selected from around the world), Columbia University, and European Association of Urban Historian (EAUH, Finland).

In recognition of his outstanding performance and scholarly potential, Baligh has earned a number of competitive awards, listed below.

  • The Marguerite C. and Clare McPhee Memorial Fellowship, Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year | Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln | 2018-2019.
  • Phillips Fund for Native American Research | American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA | 2017-2018.
  • The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Summer Research Grant | Brigham Young University, Provo, UT | Summer 2018.
  • The PCB-AHA Graduate Student Travel Award | The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies and the Pacific Coast Branch-American Historical Association |The 111th Annual Meeting, Santa Clara University, CA | August 2018.
  • The Dean’s Fellowship, Honorable Mention | Office of Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln | 2017-2018.
  • The Great Plains Graduate Fellowship | Center for Great Plains Studies, Lincoln, NE | 2016-2019.
  • Graduate Student Travel Award | American Society for Ethnohistory, Winnipeg, Canada | Fall 2017.
  • Maslowski Award for Research Travel | Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln | Spring 2017.
  • Addison E. Sheldon Research Fellowship | Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln | 2016-2017.
  • Honorary Citizen of Nebraska | Signed by Governor Dave Heinemann and Secretary of State John A. Gale | 2011- Present.
  • Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching/Research Scholarship | U.S. State Department | 2009-2010.
  • Ben Taleb, B. “Review of Michel Jouard. From Colonial Domination to Rejection of Migrants: From the Indigenous to the Migrant, Political Essays. Paris, France: L’Harmattan, 2017.” Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network, Columbia University, (March 2018).
  • Ben Taleb, B. “Review of Katherine Ellinghaus. Blood Will Tell: Native Americans and Assimilation Policy.Lincoln: Nebraska University Press, 2017.” Pacific Historical Review, forthcoming, Fall 2018.
  • Ben Taleb, B. “Review of Candace Wellman, Peace Weavers: Using the Salish Coast Through Cross-Cultural Marriages. Washington State University Press, 2017.” Montana, the Magazine of Western History, forthcoming, Spring 2019.
  • Ben Taleb, B. “Review of Raymond I. Orr, Reservation Politics: Historical Trauma, Economic Development, and Intratribal Conflict. University of Oklahoma Press, 2017.” American Indian Quarterly. forthcoming, Fall 2018.
  • Ben Taleb, B. “Review of Miranda Johnson, The Land Is Our History: Indigeneity, Law, and the Settler State. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.” Great Plains Research, forthcoming, Fall 2018.
  • Ben Taleb, B., “Review of 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 No. 1 (Spring 2017), 125-126.
Publications in French:
  • Ben Taleb, B. “Compte-rendu de lecture de Michel Jouard, De La Domination Coloniale Au Rejet Des Migrants: De l'Indigène à l'Immigré.” L’Harmattan, Paris. (Mars 2018)
Op-Ed Pieces and Essays:
  • Ben Taleb, B. “Two Years On: Has the Tunisian Uprising Plagiarized the French Revolution?” Tunisia Live, (January 2013)
  • Ph.D., History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.A., History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013  “Accounts of Settler Colonialism: A Comparative Study of the Dakota & Palestinians’ Plight”
  • B.A., English and History, University of Tunis, Tunisia, 2008  “American Foreign Policy between Democracy and Hegemony in the wake of the Cold War”

Comparative Colonial History; Decolonization; 
North American West;
Race, Ethnicity, and Minority Experience;
Modern Middle East and North Africa