Faculty in the Department of History

Happy Avery

Happy Avery

PhD Candidate

Email: doris.avery@umontana.edu

Personal Summary

My dissertation, titled "Captives of Industry: Indians Slaveries in the Rocky Mountain West, 1694-1877," is a comparative study of captive exchange and unfree labor in the sub-regions surrounding the northern and southern Rockies. The project explores diverse cultural and intellectual understandings of the institutions of captivity and slavery; tracks the practice of these institutions within changing political, economic, and socio-cultural realities of the eighteenth and nineteenth-century Rocky Mountain West; and reflects on the impact of captivity and slavery for Native communities within the region since the late nineteenth century.

Field of Study

American Indian History; Cultural and Environmental History of the American West; Modern America; Colonial Latin America

Education

MA, University of Montana, 2008

AB, Duke University, 1993

Projects

My dissertation, titled "Captives of Industry: Indians Slaveries in the Rocky Mountain West, 1694-1877," is a comparative study of captive exchange and unfree labor in the sub-regions surrounding the northern and southern Rockies. The project explores diverse cultural and intellectual understandings of the institutions of captivity and slavery; tracks the practice of these institutions within changing political, economic, and socio-cultural realities of the eighteenth and nineteenth-century Rocky Mountain West; and reflects on the impact of captivity and slavery for Native communities within the region since the late nineteenth century.

Honors

Frederic G. Renner Western American History Scholarship, 2014-2015

Hampton Research Grant, 2013-2014

Bertha Morton Scholarship, 2013-2014

Newberry Consortium on American Indigenous Studies (NCAIS) Graduate Student Fellow, 2012-2013

NCAIS Summer Institute for Graduate Students, 2012

Comprehensive Exams completed with Honors, 2012