Scholars

Fred Anderson

Fred Anderson (Ph.D., Harvard University) received his B.A. from Colorado State University in 1971 and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1981. He has taught at Harvard and at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he is currently Professor of History. His publications include Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 (2000) and, with Andrew Cayton, The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000 (2005).

Bob Bearor

Bob Bearor is a long time military reenactor and serves as a Commissioner on the New York State French and Indian War 250th Anniversary Commemoration Commission. An expert on the Canadian Partisans in the French and Indian War, Mr. Bearor is the author of several books and lives in upstate New York.

Sylvie Beaudreau

Sylvie Beaudreau (Ph.D. York University) is an Associate Professor at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh.  Where her teaching areas include: Canada, Canadian Women, Family, the French in North American, and North American history.

Russell Bellico

Russell Bellico (Ph.D. University of Massachusetts) is a professor emeritus at Westfield State College in Massachusetts and the author of four books with Purple Mountain Press. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Connecticut and his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. He taught economic history at Westfield State College for 34 years and served as department chair of economics and management for nine years and as coordinator of economics for eighteen years. Bellico was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, a Visiting Scholar in economics at UCLA, and a Visiting Scholar in History at the State University of New York at Albany.

Darren Bonaparte

Darren Bonaparte is an Iroquois historian and film consultant of Mohawk descent.  His most recent book is “A Lily Among the Thorns:  The Mohawk Repatriation of Káteri Tekahkwí:tha”.  His essays can be found on his website The Wampum Chronicles.

Marge Bruchac

Marge Bruchac (Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut and Coordinator of the Native American Studies Program at the Avery Point campus. The focus of her scholarship is: Native American and indigenous studies, oral traditions and folklore, cultural representation and performance, colonial encounters, indigenous archaeology, museum anthropology, repatriation, and decolonizing methodologies.

Joe Bruchac

Joe Bruchac (Ph.D. Union Institute of Ohio) lives with his wife, Carol, in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Syracuse and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Union Institute of Ohio. His work as an educator includes eight years of directing a college program for Skidmore College inside a maximum security prison. With his wife, Carol, he is the founder and Co-Director of the Greenfield Review Literary Center and The Greenfield Review Press. He has edited a number of highly praised anthologies of contemporary poetry and fiction, including Songs from this Earth on Turtle's Back, Breaking Silence (winner of an American Book Award) and Returning the Gift. As a professional teller of the traditional tales of the Adirondacks and the Native peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands, Joe Bruchac has performed widely in Europe and throughout the United States from Florida to Hawaii and has been featured at such events as the British Storytelling Festival and the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee. He has been a storyteller-in-residence for Native American organizations and schools throughout the continent, including the Institute of Alaska Native Arts and the Onondaga Nation School. He discusses Native culture and his books and does storytelling programs at dozens of elementary and secondary schools each year as a visiting author.

Stephen Brumwell

Stephen Brumwell (Ph.D. University of Leeds) “Born in Portsmouth, an historic port on England’s South coast, I worked as a newspaper reporter before attending university as a mature student and gaining a Ph.D. in history. My doctoral research formed the basis for a book Redcoats. Although an academic study, it was warmly received on both sides of the Atlantic and was instrumental in encouraging me to switch from teaching at university to concentrating upon writing.  In addition to producing a range of publications, I have also participated in radio and television. While my research has focused upon the Eighteenth Century, my interests are far wider in scope and I remain keen to present my ideas at conferences, and to engage with specialists and the general public alike.   Now married and with a daughter and a son, I live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, working as a freelance writer and independent historian.”  His most recent book:  Paths of Glory received the Distinguished Book Award from the Society of Colonial Wars.

Colin Calloway

Colin Calloway (Ph.D. University of Leeds) teaches at Dartmouth as Professor of History and Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds in England in 1978. After moving to the United States, he taught high school in Springfield, Vermont, served for two years as associate director and editor of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and taught for seven years at the University of Wyoming. He has been associated with Dartmouth since 1990 when he first came as a visiting professor. He became a permanent member of the faculty in 1995. Professor Calloway has written many books on Native American history, including: One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West Before Lewis and Clark (University of Nebraska Press, 2003; winner of six "best book" awards); First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History (Bedford/St. Martins, 1999, 2004); New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997); The American Revolution in Indian Country (Cambridge University Press, 1995); The Western Abenakis in Vermont (University of Oklahoma Press, 1990); The Abenaki (Chelsea House, 1989); Crown and Calumet: British-Indian Relations, 1783-1815 (University of Oklahoma Press, 1997); and The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America, (Oxford University Press 2006).

Jay Cassel

Jay Cassel (Ph.D. University of Toronto) teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University and is the author of the forthcoming A New World Army, French Forces in Colonial Canada.

Rene Chartrand

Rene Chartrand was born in Montreal and educated in Canada, the United States and the Bahamas. A senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He has written numerous articles and books including almost 20 Osprey titles and the first two volumes of Canadian Military Heritage. He lives in Hull, Quebec, with his wife and two sons.

Guy Chet

Guy Chet (Ph.D. Yale University) assistant professor of history at the University of North Texas, is the author of Conquering the American Wilderness: The Triumph of European Warfare in the Colonial Northeast, which debunks several myths of military tactics and strategy before and during the War of Independence. A native of Israel and graduate of Haifa University and Yale University, Chet says Conquering the American Wilderness was influenced by his doctoral dissertation on degeneration and regeneration of European warfare in Colonial New England. "I went to graduate school at Yale to write an account of the way that Englishmen in the military were transformed into Americans. The idea is that the American Indians' guerilla-like style of war influenced the English settlers, and they began to unlearn the English military tactics," he says. "It's part of the Americanization thesis of historians – that unique conditions in America transformed English society into what became American society."

Catherine Desbarats

Catherine Desbarats (Ph.D. McGill) is professor of Canadian colonial history at McGill University and the director of the French Atlantic History Group. She holds a doctorate in Economics (D. Phil) from Oxford University and a PhD in History from McGill University. Her research and writing centers on two principle areas: historiography and the finances of the colonial and pre-industrial French state. Currently, she is working on a study of the Jesuit Pierre-François-Xavier de Charlevoix’s writings on the history of the new world, as well as on a study of the economic culture of state debt in the French colonial empire of the eighteenth century. 

George Gill Ducharme

George Gill Ducharme (Ph.D. University of Connecticut) brings more than 40 years of a diverse career as a State Administrator, College Professor, and co-founder of Communitas Inc., a nonprofit entity dedicated to building positive and inclusive communities locally and networking globally. More importantly these 40 years have been energized by “walking with” and “listening to” disabled children, adults and their families, creating circles of support and focusing on the power of each person. Most recently he has directed the Manchester Community College Institute on Disability and Community Inclusion. Introducing the gifts of disabled people to the broader community is a key element of George’s work.

William John Eccles

William John Eccles, historian (born at Thirsk, Yorkshire, Eng 17 July 1917; died at Toronto 2 Oct 1998). A graduate of McGill University, Eccles taught at the universities of Manitoba (1953-57) and Alberta (1957-63), before being appointed professor of history at the University of Toronto where he taught until 1983. Eccles was primarily responsible for reviving English Canadian interest in early Canadian history. His first book, Frontenac, The Courtier Governor (1959), established him as a major revisionist, and in subsequent works, Canada Under Louis XIV, 1663-1701 (1964), The Canadian Frontier, 1534-1763 (1969), France in America (1972) and Essays on New France (1987), he developed his unique vision of early Canadian society. According to Eccles, early French Canada was formed chiefly by the values of the 17th-century French nobility, which was sustained by its membership in the seigneurial class and military establishment. Each successive work developed his theme of the uniqueness of Canadian society on an ever-larger canvas. Despite the fact that he had refused to allow his name to stand for election to the ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA, in 1979 that body awarded him the Tyrrell Medal in recognition of his contribution to Canadian history writing.

Michael Galban

Michael Galban is Washoe/Paiute and has been interested in Native American material culture his entire life.  He began craftwork at age 9 when his mother showed him how to make moccasins. After graduating from S.U.N.Y. Geneseo with a Bachelor of Fine Arts he began work at Ganondagan State Historic Site as an interpretive guide. In the 10 years past he has been dedicated to preserving and in many cases reviving the traditional arts of the woodland region. He  has excelled in the art of quillwork, moosehair embroidery, ash splint basketry, bark house building, elm bark basketry, natural cordage manufacture, basswood tumplines and ropes, dogbane prisoner ties, Paiute sling braiding, maple ball headed war clubs, gunstock clubs, basswood fiber bags, pack frames, lacrosse sticks, snow snakes, water drums, rawhide drums, wooden effigy spoons, woodland style bowls, noggins, horn/gourd/turtle/bark/rawhide rattles, flintknapping, arrow-making, rivercane blowguns, bone whistles, antler combs, Paiute bullroarers, tule and cattail reed duck decoys, twined cornhusk bottles, twined cornhusk mats, cornhusk dolls, Paiute leather dolls, cattail mats, friction fire building, stone pipemaking, beadwork, historical costuming, and contemporary pow-wow clothing and regalia. 

Eliga Gould

Eliga Gould (Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University) is an associate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of "The Persistence of Empire: British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution" and specializes in the history of colonial America and the British Empire.

Sara Gronim

Sara Gronim (Ph.D. Rutgers University) is an assistant professor of history at Long Island University who has published widely on the history of colonial science, medicine, and technology, and is the author of Everyday Nature: Knowledge of the Natural World in Colonial New York. Other areas of interest: the political significance of geography in colonial New York.

John Grenier

John Grenier (Ph.D. University of Colorado) Lt. Colonel John Grenier is Associate Professor of History at the United States Air Force Academy. He is a prize-winning historian and expert on early American military history. His first book, The First Way of War: American War Making on the Frontier, 1607-1814, won the Society of Military History's Distinguished Book Award in American History. The Far Reaches of Empire: War in Nova Scotia, 1710-1760, Dr. Grenier's second book, won the Gill Robb Wilson Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to National Defense in the Field of Arts and Letters. Dr. Grenier currently is researching and writing a biography of Major Robert Rogers (1731-1795). This biography, tentatively titled "Robert Rogers: America's First Hero," will be the first scholarly assessment of Rogers's life since the late 1950s, and one written for both specialist and non-specialist readers alike.

John Johnston

John Johnston A. J. B. Johnston is a longtime historian with Parks Canada. He is the author of numerous books, including Storied Shores: St. Peter’s, Isle Madame, and Chapel Island in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries; Control and Order: The Evolution of French Colonial Louisbourg, 1713–1758; and Life and Religion at Louisbourg,1713-1758. His most recent book Endgame 1758: The Promise, the Glory, and the Despair of Louisbourg's Last Decade was the winner of the 2008 Clio Award, sponsored by the Canadian Historical Association.

Philip Marchand

Philip Marchand ''Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, I came to Canada to study at the University of Toronto, and have since spent my adult life — with the exception of six years during the 1980s, when my wife and I lived in Vancouver, British Columbia — in Toronto. My first magazine article — appeared in 1971, launching my career as a free lance magazine writer. During that career I wrote for every major general interest periodical published in Canada, including Maclean's (as radio and television columnist, 1974-75), Saturday Night, Toronto Life, and numerous others. In 1989 I became books columnist for the Toronto Star, a position I held for more than 18 years. In June, 2008, after a six month stint as movie critic, I retired from the Star to pursue other interests, chiefly writing books.'' Marchand is the author of Ghost Empire: How the French Almost Conquered North America.

Ian McCulloch

Ian McCulloch, CD, is a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia and holds an honors degree in Journalism from Carleton University and a Master's in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He joined the Canadian Army in 1977 and has served in a variety of regimental and staff appointments in Canada, Germany and the USA. Promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1993, he assumed command of The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada in Montreal, Quebec. In 1996, he was appointed Deputy Director of History and Heritage for the Canadian Forces at the National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario. Lt Colonel McCulloch is currently posted to the Canadian Forces College in Toronto where he is the Army and Special Operations Planner for the Joint Command and Staff Programme. He is an avid military historian specializing in the Seven Years War in North America and has published numerous books and articles on the subject. View Ian's Personal Web Site

Fintan O'Toole

Fintan O'Toole is a columnist, assistant editor and drama critic for The Irish Times. O'Toole was born in Dublin and educated at University College Dublin. He has written for the Irish Times since 1988 and was drama critic for the New York Daily News from 1997 to 2001. He is a literary critic, historical writer and political commentator.  He is the author of White Savage: William Johnson and the Invention of America.

Jon Parmenter

Jon Parmenter (Ph.D. University of Michigan) is an assistant professor at Cornell University and an expert in Native American colonial history.  His book The Edge of the Woods: Iroquoia, 1534-1701 is under contract with Michigan State University Press and will be published in 2009.

Thomas Pray

Thomas Pray has been a Living Historian since 1976 in many Reenacting Organizations.  His interests run from French and Indian War through the American Revolution to the War of 1812. He has assisted Professor Thomas Mandeville, historian at Clinton Community College, in continuing Education Programs and Historical Tours for the last 12 years. He is a member of an artillery gun crew of Colonel Samuel Herrick's Green Mountain Rangers and owns and operates a 32 foot British gunboat for all three Historical periods.  He writes Historical Articles for the Champlain Weekly and a continuing autobiographical story line Growing Up On Grove, a history of small town living in the 1960's. He also does presentations and talks on Native Americans in the Champlain valley having one of the most extensive collections of artifacts in the region. He has led tours all up and down the Champlain Valley.

Daniel Richter

Daniel Richter has been a Living Historian since 1976 in many Reenacting Organizations.  His interests run from French and Indian War through the American Revolution to the War of 1812. He has assisted Professor Thomas Mandeville, historian at Clinton Community College, in continuing Education Programs and Historical Tours for the last 12 years. He is a member of an artillery gun crew of Colonel Samuel Herrick's Green Mountain Rangers and owns and operates a 32 foot British gunboat for all three Historical periods.  He writes Historical Articles for the Champlain Weekly and a continuing autobiographical story line Growing Up On Grove, a history of small town living in the 1960's. He also does presentations and talks on Native Americans in the Champlain valley having one of the most extensive collections of artifacts in the region. He has led tours all up and down the Champlain Valley.

John Ross

John Ross is executive editor of American Heritage magazine and a former member of the Board of Editors at Smithsonian magazine, where he wrote six cover stories. His articles have been published in Reader’s Digest, Parade, the New York Times, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Sunday Telegraph, and more. He has appeared on more than fifty radio and television programs and has keynoted conferences across the continent. His organization of the most northern canoe trip ever taken earned him a membership in the Explorers Club. On assignment he has dog sledded with the Polar Inuit in northwestern Greenland, technical mountain climbed in Siberia, and dived 3,000 feet in the Galápagos. He is the author of Living Dangerously and lives in Bethesda, Maryland.  His new book War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America's First Frontier is published by Random House.

Georges E. Sioui

Georges E. Sioui (Ph.D. Laval University) is professor at the Department of Classics and Religious Studies of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ottawa. He was born in Wendaké (Village-des-Hurons), Quebec, in 1948, and received both his MA (1987) and his Ph.D. (1991) in History from Laval University. Prior to returning to do graduate studies in 1982, Sioui was Officer of Literature and Communications and Editor of the Tawow magazine for the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. He was responsible for the creation and implementation of governmental policies in matters of preservation and development of Aboriginal cultures in Canada. He has also worked as Assistant-Director General and Corporate Secretary of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, in Chisasibi, Quebec. His writings on Indigenous philosophy, history and education have appeared in several journals, magazines and books, continent-wide and abroad. A book based on thirty essays and national and international presentations by Georges Sioui are being prepared by the Ottawa University Press. In May 1990, Georges Sioui and his four brothers obtained a landmark victory in the Supreme Court of Canada (the “Sioui Case”) over territorial and traditional land use rights.

David Starbuck

David Starbuck (Ph.D. Yale University) teaches archeology and anthropology at Plymouth State College in New Hampshire. He has written numerous articles on New England archeology and directed countless digs in the area including Fort William Henry and Rogers Island.  He is the author of many books including  The Great Warpath (1999), Neither Plain Nor Simple: New Perspectives on the Canterbury Shakers (2003), Rangers and Readcoats on the Hudson (2004), and Massacre at Fort William Henry (2002).

Ian Steele

Ian Steele (Ph.D. University of London) is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Western Ontario. He has written widely on early North American history and his books include Politics of Colonial Policy and the award-winning The English Atlantic, 1675-1740: An Exploration of Communication, Warpaths: Invasions of North America, and Community; all published by Oxford University Press.   His book Betrayals: Fort William Henry and the “Massacre” was chosen as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1991-1992 by Choice and Winner of the Distinguished Book Award from the Society of Colonial Wars.

R. Scott Stephenson

R. Scott Stephenson (Ph.D. University of Virginia) is Director of Collections and Interpretation.at The American Revolution Center at Valley Forge. Most recently, Dr. Stephenson was project curator for Clash of Empires: The British, French & Indian War. A childhood visit to Fort Necessity National Battlefield sparked Pittsburgh-native Stephenson’s interest in American history. After undergraduate study at Juniata College and the University of Leeds (UK), Dr. Stephenson received his M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Virginia, specializing in history and historical archaeology. He has consulted on numerous exhibits, films, documentaries, and other media projects relating to 18th century North America and its peoples.

Kevin Sweeney

Kevin Sweeney (Ph.D. Yale University) Academic and Research Interests:  “I came to Amherst College in 1989 after working for almost a decade in history museums. Trained as a colonial historian at Yale (Ph.D. in 1986), I teach courses on colonial North American history, the era of the American Revolution, early American material culture and architecture, and Native American histories as well as American Studies departmental courses. I have written numerous articles on the architecture and material culture of colonial New England and with Evan Haefeli wrote Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield (2003). Currently, I am researching the possession and use of firearms in early America”.

Tim Todish

Tim Todish is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a graduate of Michigan State University. A retired police officer with over 27 year's service, he now works as a historical writer and consultant. He published works include America's FIRST First World War: The French and Indian War, The Annotated and Illustrated Journals of Major Robert Rogers, and Alamo Sourcebook 1836: A Comprehensive Guide to the Alamo and the Texas Revolution. He has also participated in the making of several movie and TV productions, including The Last of the Mohicans and the award winning History Channel series Frontier: Legends of the Old Northwest.

Guy Vadeboncoeur

Guy Vadeboncoeur (Ph. D., FAMC) is Director and Chief Curator of the Stewart Museum in Montreal.  Professionally speaking, Guy Vadeboncoeur grew up with the Stewart Museum, but also with the entire network of private museums, which represents over 95% of museums in Quebec. "My colleagues and I were among the pioneers of the transformation of the Société des musées québécois," he says. An expert on the history of New France, he is the co-author of Joséphine, the catalogue which accompanied the exhibition Josephine, the Great Love of Napoleon, the first-ever exhibition entirely devoted to Josephine and presented at the Stewart Museum in 2003.

Nick Westbrook

Nick Westbrook is a graduate of Amherst College with honors and the University of Connecticut and has studied for his Ph.D at the University of Pennsylvania. He started as a museum director at the Saratoga County (NY) Historical Society and then, moving on to Saratoga National Historical Park…back to New England at Old Sturbridge Village and on to the Minnesota Historical Society and finally to become Executive Director and CEO of Fort Ticonderoga, a post he held for over 20 years.

Fred Wiseman

Fred Wiseman (Ph.D. University of Arizona) a humanities professor at Johnson State College in Vermont is an archeologist, indigenous rights activist and author (Voice of the Dawn and Reclaiming the Ancestors), his most recent project is the film 1609: the Other Side of History the second episode of the "Against the Darkness" video trilogy outlining the Vermont Abenakis' cultural continuity in the Champlain Basin.

Gary Zaboly

Gary Zaboly is a highly regarded expert on the 18th-century Rangers. He is a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians, and a member of the New York Historical Society. Gary has written many articles for military magazines, and has illustrated and co-written several titles, including Blood of Noble Men and Roger's St Francis Raid. His artwork appears in permanent exhibitions at The Alamo, Texas, and at the Lake George Historical Association.