Aaron Hyams

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Ph.D., History, Marquette University, 2016

M.A., History, University of Montana, 2011

B.A., History and Anthropology, Marquette University, 2009


Dr. Hyams is a visiting assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University. He teaches undergraduate courses on Indigenous North Americans, the American South, and U.S. - Spanish/Mexican Borderlands. A historian of race, law, and the American West, his research and teaching place nineteenth and twentieth-century American debates about race and citizenship against the  backdrop of conflict and contact with indigenous nations that Americans alternatively feared, colonized, or failed to understand. 

He is currently preparing a manuscript out of his dissertation, "Long Journeys to a Middle Ground" that examines reforms to Indian Administration in the Northwest United States during the 1920s and '30s, as part of a broader attempt to reconcile the long-standing cultural, social, and legal incompatibility of Indian Country's fluidity and the American administrative state's rigidity. Dr. Hyams completed a Bachelor of Arts in history and anthropology from Marquette University in 2009. He completed a Master of Arts focused in American Environmental History from the University of Montana in 2011, and received a Ph.D. in American History from Marquette University in 2016. 



HIST 3392 - American Indian History

HIST 3396 - The American South

HIST 3398 - Texas and the Southwest