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Alice Nash


Associate Professor

Office: Herter 638
Telephone: (413) 545-6761
Fax: (413) 545-6137

Degree: Ph.D., Columbia (1997).
Fields of interest: Native American history, Indigenous Studies, Early American History.

Courses Offered:

Indigenous Peoples in Museums and Archives (Spring 2013)

Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations
Researching Early New England and New France
Theory and Method in Native American History

History 170 -- Indigenous Peoples of North America

History 200 -- New Approaches to History: Deerfield 1704

History 361 -- American Revolutionary Era

History 393A -- Native American Activism in the Northeast

History 393F -- Salem 1692
History 393I --Indigenous Women

Research Interests and Professional Activities
Alice Nash is co-director, with Neal Salisbury (Smith College), of a Summer 2013 Institute for K-12 teachers on Native Americans of New England: A Historical Overview, July 7-26, 2013 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Institute is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For information and application instructions see

Professor Nash held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Université de Montréal (Canada) for 2003-04. Her research interests center on the impact of colonization on the indigenous peoples of northeastern North America with a particular interest in family and gender relations. Recent publications include "Quanquan's Mortgage of 1663" in Marla R. Miller, ed., Cultivating a Past: Essays on the History of Hadley, Massachusetts (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009); "Antic Deportments and Indian Postures: Embodiment in Anglo-Indian New England," in Lindman and Tarter, eds., "A Centre of Wonders": The Body in Early America (Cornell UP 2001); “‘None of the women were abused’: Indigenous Contexts for the Treatment of Women Captives in the Northeast,” in Merril Smith, ed., Sex Without Consent: Rape and Sexual Coercion in America (NYU Press, 2001); an online review of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, “Still Pequot After All These Years,” in Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life 1:1 (September 2000); and three articles in French translation published in Recherches amérindiennes au Québec: “Odanak durant les années 1920 : un prisme reflétant l’histoire des abénaquis (Odanak in the 1920s: A Prism of Abenaki History),: trans. Claude Gélinas (32/2 :2002); “La linguistique liturgique du père Aubéry : Aperçu ethnohistorique (Father Aubery’s Liturgical Linguistics: An Ethnohistorical View),” co-authored with Nicholas N. Smith, trans. Nicole Beaudry (33/2: 2003); and “Théophile Panadis (1889-1966), un guide abénaquis (Théophile Panadis (1889-1966): An Abenaki Guide),” co-authored with Réjean Obomsawin, trans. Claude Gélinas (33/2: 2003). Her book, co-authored with Christoph Strobel, is entitled Daily Life of Native Americans from Post-Columbian Through Nineteenth-Century America, and is part of the Greenwood Press "Daily Life Through History Series."

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