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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 and treaty 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 American Studies from the University of Tunis – each with a focus on comparative settler colonial history 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, Western History Association, Western History Dissertation Writing Workshop Heidelberg Spring Academy, Germany, Columbia University, and European Association of Urban Historian (Helsinki, Finland).

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

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA, 2019-2020The Indian Rights Association Fellowship, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2019-2020
  • 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, 2018-2019
  • Charles Redd Research Grant for American Western History, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 2018-2019
  • Dean of Arts and Sciences Fellowship, Outstanding Academic Performance and Scholarly Promise, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017-2018
  • Maslowski Summer Dissertation Research Grant, Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017-2018
  • Center for Great Plains Studies Graduate Fellowship, Lincoln, NE, 2016-2020
  • Nominee, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Institute for Ethnic Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2016-2017
  • Maslowski Dissertation Research Grant, Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2016-2017
  • Addison E. Sheldon Research Fellowship, Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2015-2016
  • Fulbright Teaching/Research Scholarship, U.S. State Department, 2009-2010

Journal Article(s):

  • Ben Taleb, B. On the Difficulty of Reckoning with Settler Colonialism: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, forthcoming (Fall 2019)

Book Reviews:

  • Ben Taleb, B. “Dust Bowls of Empire: Imperialism, Environmental Politics, and the Injustice of “Green” Capitalism by Hannah Holleman.” Great Plains Quarterly, In Press (Fall 2019)
  • Ben Taleb, B. “Reservation Politics: Historical Trauma, Economic Development, and Intratribal Conflict by Raymond I. Orr.” American Indian Quarterly. Vol. 43, No. 3, (Summer 2019): 368-371
  • Ben Taleb, B. “Facing Empire: Indigenous Experiences in a Revolutionary Age edited by Kate Fullagar and Michael A. McDonnell.” Western Historical Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 2, (Spring 2019): 164-165
  • Ben Taleb, B. “The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice by Colleen Murphy.” Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network, Columbia University, (April 2019)
  • Ben Taleb, B. “Blood Will Tell: Native Americans and Assimilation Policy by Katherine Ellinghaus.” Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 87, No. 4 (Fall 2018): 718-719
  • Ben Taleb, B. “The Land Is Our History: Indigeneity, Law, and the Settler State by Miranda Johnson.” Great Plains Research, Vol. 28, No. 2 (2018): 226-226
  • Ben Taleb, B. “Peace Weavers: Using the Salish Coast Through Cross-Cultural Marriages by Candace Wellman.” Montana, the Magazine of Western History, Vol. 68, No. 4 (Winter 2018)
  • Ben Taleb, B. “From Colonial Domination to Rejection of Migrants: From Indigenous to Migrant, Political Essays by Michel Jouard.” The Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, (March 2018)
  • Ben Taleb, B. “White Mother to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism, and the Removal of Indigenous Children in the American West and Australia, 1880-1940 by Margaret Jacobs.” Past Tense Journal, Vol., 5 No. 1 (Spring 2017): 125-126

Publication(s) 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)
  • Ph.D., History,

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ph.D. dissertation: “Reckoning with the Legacy of U.S. Settler Colonialism: Treaty Claims and Western Shoshoni Quest for Justice,” May 2020

  • M.A., History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“Accounts of Settler Colonialism: A Comparative Study of the Dakota & Palestinians’ Plight,” 2013

  • B.A., English & American Studies,

 University of Tunis, Tunisia
 “American Foreign Policy between Democracy and Hegemony in the wake of the Cold War,” 2008


Comparative Colonial History;
Native American History;
American West;
Transitional Justice