Garret Wright


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Kathleen DuVal

Academic Interests:

U.S. History
Native American History
North American borderlands

Bio Note:

My dissertation is an ethnohistory of the eighteenth-century Pawnees, Otoes, and Kansas, with a particular focus on these groups’ strategies to protect their homelands and maintain their powerful positions at the center of vast continental trade networks. I study these Central Plains nations’ interactions with one another and with neighboring Indian and European groups, and trace these relationships as they change over time due to environmental changes, unstable imperial dynamics, the displacement of other Plains nations, and fluctuating supply and demand of various trade goods.

Updated February 2016