Maurice S. Crandall

Assistant Professor of Native American Studies

Maurice Crandall is a citizen of the Yavapai-Apache Nation of Camp Verde, Arizona. He is a historian of the Indigenous peoples of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (primarily New Mexico, Arizona, and Sonora). From 2016–2017, he was the Clements Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America at the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Prior to that, Dr. Crandall worked as the Historical Projects Specialist at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a museum, archives, and cultural center owned and operated by New Mexico’s nineteen Pueblo Indian nations. His current research examines the ways in which Indigenous communities in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands implemented/adapted/indigenized/subverted colonially imposed ideas of democratic town government and voting during the Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. Territorial periods.
Professor Crandall is also collaborating with his tribe (Yavapai-Apache Nation) to complete its first official tribal history.

203 Sherman House, NAS
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Native American Studies
B.A. Brigham Young University
M.A. University of New Mexico
Ph.D. University of New Mexico

Selected Publications

"These People Have Always Been a Republic": Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598–1912  (forthcoming, fall 2019, with the University of North Carolina Press, David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History).

"Carlos Montezuma and the Emergence of American Indian Activism,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, March 2018.

“Wassaja Comes Home: A Yavapai Perspective on Carlos Montezuma’s Search for Identity,” Journal of Arizona History, 55, no. 1 (Spring 2014). Winner, C. L. Sonnichsen Award, Arizona Historical Society, April 2015 (Best Article of 2014 in Journal of Arizona History).

Review of Richard H. Frost, The Railroad and the Pueblo Indians: The Impact of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe on the Pueblos of the Rio Grande, 1880–1930 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2016) in New Mexico Historical Review, 92, no. 1 (Winter 2017). 

Review of Katrina Jagodinsky, Legal Codes and Talking Trees: Indigenous Women’s Sovereignty in the Sonoran and Puget Sound Borderlands (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016) in Journal of Arizona History, 58, no. 2 (Summer 2017).

Selected Works and Activities

Faculty Advisor to NAD (Native Americans at Dartmouth)

Principal researcher and author, We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story (approx. 8,000-word script, +/-10,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space), permanent museum exhibition at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Opened to the public April 2016.

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Arizona History.

Member, Editorial Board, Michigan State University American Indian Studies Series.