John Gram

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Academic Interests

  • Native American history
  • History of the American West
  • History of the Southwest
  • 19th–20th Century US History
  • Comparative Borderlands
  • Colonial Era North America

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • Education at the Edge of Empire: Negotiating Pueblo Identity in New Mexico’s Indian Boarding Schools (University of Washington Press, Indigenous Confluences Series, 2015)
  • “The Consequences of Competition: Federal Boarding Schools, Competing Institutions, Pueblo Communities, and the Fight to Control the Flow of Pueblo Students, 1881-1928” (History of Education Quarterly, November 2015)
  • “Acting Out Assimilation: Playing Indian and Becoming American in the Federal Indian Boarding Schools” (American Indian Quarterly, Summer 2016) 

Previous Experience

  • Adjunct, History Department, University of Texas-Dallas

  • Adjunct, History Department, Brookhaven College

  • Adjunct, English Department, Southern Methodist University

  • Adjunct, History Department, Southern Methodist University


Mesquite, TX


  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Sports
  • Hanging out with the fam

Future Goals and Aspirations

I want my legacy to be scholarship that mattered and students that changed the world through a strong sense of responsibility to learn from history ... and to make it!

Life Outside of the University

I'm always up for a good conversation and cup of coffee, or a good cause to invest time and energy in.  On a daily basis, most of my life outside the university alternates between chasing my kids around the yard, hanging out with my awesome wife, and stretching out on the couch with a good book.  

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