Mikal Eckstrom

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Mikal Eckstrom was born and raised on the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho.  Currently a doctoral candidate in history at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, his doctoral work examines the relationships between American Indians and American Jews in the American West.

Mikal works with the Big Elk Native American Cultural Center, KANEKO, the Indian Land Tenure Fund, the American Indian College Fund, and the Sheldon Fellowship Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation.

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, and is currently working on the Genoa Indian Boarding School Project.

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.  Currently, Mikal is a Ford Foundation Fellow, a Center for Great Plains Studies Graduate Fellow, a Rapaport Fellow at the American Jewish Archives, a Center for Digital Research in the Humanities Graduate Incubator Fellow, and a Jack Kent Cooke Continuing Graduate Scholar. His written work includes pieces in The Wall Street Journal, the American Historical Association, and a co-authored chapter with Margaret Jacobs in Why You Can’t Teach US History without American Indians (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).  Mikal is a graduate of Seattle Central Community College (’06), Clark University (BA’10, MA ’12).

  • Spring 2017, History of the Great Plains
  • 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
  • Ford Foundation Disseration Completion Fellowship
  • 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.
  • Big Elk Native American Cultural Center, Board, 2017
  • 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