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About Jeffrey P Shepherd

Jeffrey P. Shepherd received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University and specializes in American Indian History. He has written about Indigenous cultures, politics, economics, and confrontations with colonialism in the 19th and 20th century. He is presently revising for publication a book: “We are an Indian Nation: A History of the Hualapai People.” He has received grants from the American Philosophical Society, the Max Millett Research Fund, the Ft. McDowell Indian Nation, and the University of Texas at El Paso. He has also been a research fellow at the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian Culture at the Newberry Library in Chicago. He recently received a grant and contract from the National Park Service to write a history of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and he is working with the Summerlee Foundation to create a travelling museum exhibit on the Guadalupe Mountains and environmental history. His future work involves a comparative study of Indigenous communities along the U.S. – Mexico and U.S. – Canadian borders. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Indigenous, Western, Border, and Public History. In addition to these teaching and research objectives, Shepherd has worked with Native communities as they resist assaults upon their rights and resources. He has been a consultant for the Hualapai Nation as they file suit against the federal government for appropriation of water rights and access to the Colorado River. He has also conducted workshops on oral history and research methods within the community so that tribal members do not need to rely on outsiders for contract work. Shepherd has also assisted other tribes in Arizona as they created bilingual language materials, built culturally sensitive “criminal justice” policies, and in the case of the Tohono O’Odham, confronted the invasive policies of the Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security. Recently he has testified in front of the Dona Ana County Commissioners and the city council of Las Cruces, New Mexico, to explain American Indian law and sovereignty.


Present Assistant Professor, University of Texas at El Paso
Present Department of History, University of Texas at El Paso


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Honors and Awards

  • College of Liberal Arts Research Excellence Award
  • University Research Initiative Award
  • Philips Fund Award, American Philosophical Association
  • Max Millet Dissertation Research Award
  • Wassaja Dissertation Award


  • HIST 1301 & 1302, U.S. History Surveys
  • HIST: 3321 & 3322, U.S. West in the 19th & 20th Century
  • HIST 3323: American Indian History
  • HIST 4325: Jr.-Sr. Research Methods
  • HIST 5305: Studies in U.S. History
  • HIST 5304: Studies in Public History
  • HIST 5353: Literature & Methods of U.S. History
  • HIST 5312: Studies in Borderlands History
  • HIST 5370: Seminar in U.S. History

Contact Information

Jeffrey P. Shepherd, Ph.D.
Department of History
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX 79968


Articles (3)

Contributions to Books (2)