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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, Professor 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 first book, These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598–1912 (University of North Carolina Press, David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History, 2019), 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. These People Have Always Been a Republic is the winner of the 2020 Caughey Western History Prize (most distinguished book on the history of the American West) from the Western History Association, the 2020 Weber-Clements Prize (best non-fiction book on Southwestern America), a Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association, and Honorable Mention for the 2020 Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Book Award (best book-length contribution to ethnohistory) from the American Society for Ethnohistory.
Professor Crandall's current book project explores the crucial role played by Yavapai and Dilzhe'e Apache Scouts in building and strengthening their communities after the so-called Indian Wars.
“Sovereign Impunity,” review essay of Alexandra Harmon, Reclaiming the Reservation: Histories of Indian Sovereignty Suppressed and Renewed (University of Washington Press, 2019), in Reviews in American History, 49, no. 1 (March 2021).
"Yava-Who?: Yavapai History and (Mis)Representation in Arizona's Indigenous landscape," Journal of Arizona History, 61 nos. 3&4 (Autumn/Winter 2020). Special Issue, "Exploring Arizona's Diverse Past."
These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598–1912 (November 2019, with the University of North Carolina Press, David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History).
Reflections on The Social Organization of the Western Apache and Genville Goodwin Among the Western Apache: Letters from the Field (April 2020, University of Arizona Press Open Arizona Series).
"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 Malcolm Ebright and Rick Hendricks, Pueblo Sovereignty: Indian Land and Water in New Mexico and Texas (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2019) in New Mexico Historical Review, 94, no. 4 (Fall 2019).
Review of Jeffrey M. Schulze, Are We Not Foreigners Here?: Indigenous Nationalism in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018) in Pacific Historical Review, 88 no. 2 (Spring 2019).
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).
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).
Member, Editorial Board, University of North Carolina Press David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History
Member, Editorial Board, The Journal of Arizona History.
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.