Wilson, David R.
Associate Professor - History & Political Science
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Associate Professor, History and American Indian Studies.

 David has been at UVU since 2001, and teaches courses in American Indian studies, race relations, and American Civilization. He has worked with UVU's multicultural clubs and students, and with recipients of Sunshine Ladies Foundation scholarships.


TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: Read 'til your eyes drop out.

EDUCATION: Ph.D. (History), Brigham Young University, 2000. 
                        M.A. (Classics), University of Kansas, 1986. 
                        B.A. (History and Classical Antiquities), University of Kansas, 1976.



2008‐present: Utah Valley University: Associate Professor of History and American Indian Studies.

2001‐2008: Utah Valley State College: Assistant Professor of History and American Indian Studies.

1992‐2001: Brigham Young University: Instructor, U.S. History and History of World Civilizations, Department of History.

1987‐1990: Dull Knife Memorial College (the tribally controlled community college of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Tribe, Lame Deer, Montana): Grants Officer, Head of General Studies, Coordinator for Native American Studies.

1984‐1987: Resource Development Associates, Chicago, Il.: Survey Research, Program Planning, and Funding Application Development.

1981‐1984: Lawrence High School, Lawrence, Kansas: Instructor in Latin.

1978‐1981: University of Kansas, Department of Classics and Classical Archaeology: Instructor in Latin.


2005, Outstanding Instructor, UVSC TRIO Program.

2004, Humanitarian Award, UVSC School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science.

2003, Ssejinja Children’s Foundation Service Award.

2003, UVSC Latino Club Service Award.

1996, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Summer Research Fellowship, Brigham Young University.

1996, Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Department of History, Brigham Young University.

1995, Graduate Research Fellowship, Brigham Young University.

1990, Service Award, Northern Cheyenne Tribe.

1988, Commencement speaker, Dull Knife Memorial College.

1986, M.A. thesis awarded honors.



“Agriculture,” and “Energy Development,” in We, the Cheyenne People, edited by Marjane Ambler (Lame Deer, Montana: Chief Dull Knife College, 2008).

Review of War Dance at Fort Marion: Plains Indians War Prisoners by Brad D. Lookingbill, Kansas History 30, no.1 (2007): 70.

Review of Death of Celilo Falls by Katrine Barber, Pacific Northwest Quarterly 98, no.1 (2006/7): 39.

Review of Tribes, Treaties, and Constitutional Tribulations by Vine Deloria, Jr., Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 46, no.4 (2003): 305‐307.

Review of A Short History of the Native Americans in the United States by Howard Meredith, Southwestern Historical Quarterly 105, no.4 (2002): 692‐693.

Review of The Plains Indians by Paul H. Carlson, Kansas History 22, no.2 (1999): 158‐159.

Review of Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women, edited by Nancy Shoemaker, Rural Sociology 62, no.1 (1997): 152‐152.

Review of The Northern Cheyenne Reservation, 1877-1900 by Orlan J. Svingen, American Indian Culture and Research Journal 19, no.1 (1995): 277‐280.

(with Fred R. Gowans) Review of History of Idaho by Leonard Arrington, Oregon Historical Quarterly 96, nos.2‐3 (1995): 294‐ 295.

Review of Acts of Discovery: Visions of America in the Lewis and Clark Journals by Albert Furtwangler, Kansas History 17, no. 1 (1994): 71‐72.

(with Carol J. Ward) “Northern Cheyenne Dropout Research Project. Final Project Report”; Sponsored by the US Dept. of Education Office of Educational Research and Improvement; Washington DC (contract no.R117E80107), ED340533, RC018426. Lame Deer, Montana: Northern Cheyenne Tribe, 1991.

(with Carol J. Ward), "Northern Cheyenne Educational Census." Lame Deer, Montana: Northern Cheyenne Education Commission, 1989.

Montana Indian Child Welfare Newsletter. Lame Deer, Montana: Dull Knife Memorial College Indian Child Welfare Project, 1985‐1987.

“Kate Stephens: Kansas Classicist and Feminist,” Kanhistique (March 1976).


Rapid population growth and community well‐being in the Northern Plains.

Northern Cheyenne economic development efforts, 1920‐1960.

HIST 1700: American Civilization.
HIST 3780: America in the Interwar Years.
HIST 3790: United States, 1945‐present.
HIST 3810: American Indians to 1815. HIST 3830: American Indians, 1815‐1891.
HIST 3850: American Indians, 1891‐present.
HIST 420R: Topics in Global History: First Encounters between Europe and Native Peoples in the Age of Expansion.
HIST 471R The Yellowstone Country.

Elementary and Intermediate Latin (Lawrence High School, Lawrence, Kansas).
College Latin (University of Kansas).
Mythology (Dull Knife Memorial College).
English Composition (Dull Knife Memorial College).
World Literature (Dull Knife Memorial College).
History of World Civilization to 1500 (Brigham Young University).
U.S. History to 1877 (Brigham Young University).
U.S. History since 1877 (Brigham Young University).
Introduction to Native American Studies (Brigham Young University).
American West through the Mexican War (Brigham Young University).
American West from the Gold Rush to 1900 (Brigham Young University).