philip deloria

Philip Deloria

Professor of History


Philip J. Deloria will in January 2018 commence an appointment in Harvard’s History Department. He is the co-author (with Alexander Olson) of American Studies: A User’s Guide (2017), author of Indians in Unexpected Places (2004) and Playing Indian (1998), and the co-editor (with Neal Salisbury) of the Blackwell Companion to American Indian History (2002). Deloria was the president of the American Studies Association (May 2008-May 2009), a member of the governing council of the Organization of American Historians, and a Trustee of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (2009-2015; 2017-). He is the winner of the John C. Ewers Prize in Ethnohistory, Western History Association, 2006 (for Indians in Unexpected Places) and a Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, Gustavus Myers Program for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America, 1999 (for Playing Indian). Deloria’s research interests include American Indians, environmental history, the American West, and Native American art history.​