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About Colleen O'Neill

Colleen O’Neill received her B.A. from Pomona College, M.A. at New Mexico State University and Ph.D. in History at Rutgers University. She is particularly fond of crossing paradigmatic borders, most notably combining her interests in labor, gender and American Indian history in her book, Working the Navajo Way: Labor and Culture in the Twentieth Century (University Press of Kansas, 2005). The Historical Society of New Mexico awarded this book the 2006 Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award for best historical publication (by an individual). Her most recent publications include, Testing the Limits of Colonial Parenting: Navajo Domestic Workers, The Intermountain Indian School, and the Urban Relocation Program, 1950-1962,” Ethnohistory 66 (July 2019), 565-592. Her work has been recognized in a number of ways, including the Walter Rundell Graduate Student Award from the Western History Association in 1994, and the Gilberto Espinosa Prize for the best article published in 1999 in the New Mexico Historical Review. Her collection co-edited with Brian Hosmer, Native Pathways: American Indian Culture and Economic Development in the Twentieth Century was published by the University Press of Colorado (Fall 2004). She is the former co-editor of the Western Historical Quarterly and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American Indian and U.S. Western History.


Present Associate Professor, Utah State University History
Present Co-Editor of Western Historical Quarterly, Utah State University History

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Winner of the Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award, Historical Society of New Mexico (2006)
  • Winner of the Gilberto Espinosa Prize, New Mexico Historical Review (1999)

Contact Information

Phone: (435) 797-1297
Office Location: Main 321E


Articles (6)

Books (3)

Contributions to Books (5)