Associate Professor • American West, Gender, Race, Environment, Social
office: 1104 Mesa Vista Hall
office phone: (505) 277-7850
Professor Cahill joined the department of History in 2004 as a historian of the U.S. and U.S. West. Her areas of interest include the intersection of race and gender in the U.S. West as well as the role of the federal government in that region. Her current research project, Federal Fathers and Mothers: Gender, Labor, and Race in the U.S. Indian Service, 1869-1928, pulls those themes together in a study of the personnel of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In that work, she focuses particularly on the stories of female and native employees. Courses she has taught included: The Family and Politics in American History, Federal Indian Schools and American Education, and a seminar on The Federal Presence in the West. In the future she hopes to teach U.S. Women s History and a course on the Progressive Period.
B.A. English and History, University of California, Davis, 1996
M.A. Program in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 1997
Ph.D. History, University of Chicago, 2004
Federal Fathers & Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869-1933 (University of North Carolina Press, 2011)
Co-Editor of Intermarriage in American Indian History: Explorations in Power and Intimacy in North America, a special issue of Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies (Fall 2008)
2012 Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award for Federal Fathers & Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869-1933 (University of North Carolina Press, 2011).
2009-2010 Fellow, Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University.
2003-2004 Michigan State University American Indian Studies Program Pre-doctoral Fellow.
2002 Organization of American Historians Horace Samuel & Marion Galbraith Merrill Travel Grant in Twentieth-Century American Political History.
2001-2002 Spencer Foundation/Newberry Library History of Education Fellowship.
2000 Huntington Library/Western History Association Martin Ridge Fellowship Award
2000 Western History Association Walter Rundell Dissertation Fellowship.
History of the US tto 1877, Family Life and Society, Historiography, American Western History