BA (Hons University of North Carolina), MA (Tulane University), PhD (University of Kentucky)
Head of School, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science
James Carson is Head of School. His research and writing has focused overwhelmingly on issues related to contact between European invaders and first peoples in North America. Of particular interest has been the dynamic between cultural change and persistence and how first peoples’ languages have constructed objects and ideas appropriated from contact with colonial societies. Related to such issues has been his exploration of writing creative non-fiction in an effort to propose and to reconstruct indigenous understandings of the past and his critical examination of how the writing of United States history, from Christopher Columbus’ diary to the most recent scholarship in critical race theory accept, enact, and reproduce colonial ideologies of race.
Fields of expertise
- First Peoples’ History
- Colonial Histories
- American Historiographies