John R. Legg

John R. Legg is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at George Mason University. He specializes in the history of the American West, Native American history, public history, and digital humanities. His dissertation uses ethnohistory to examine the spatial movement of Dakota people during the nineteenth century. Particularly he examines how Dakota used the U.S.-Canadian borderlands as a strategic tool for diplomacy, kinship, trade, warfare, and survival after Minnesota’s U.S.-Dakota War. Most recently, John was awarded the Phillips Fund for Native American Research from the American Philosophical Society and a Dissertation Research Scholarship from George Mason’s Office of the Provost. In Fall 2022, John's teaching a US History since 1877 survey course at Minnesota State University in Mankato. He serves as Book Review Editor for H-CivWar. You can follow his tweets @TheJohnLegg.

John recently spoke on his research at Knox College In Galesburg, IL. The talk was sponsored by the Abolition for All Time Humanities Lab and the Department of History.