photo by Jen Andrella in 2021

Historian, Digital Humanist, Photographer.

John R. Legg is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. His research focus includes Indigenous history, the United States and Canada, and the Civil War era. His dissertation, "In Our Own Rightful Territory": Dakota Mobility, Diplomacy, and Belonging in Mni Sota Makoce after the US-Dakota War, explores the movement and diplomatic practice of Dakota people within their homeland and how this movement challenged the colonial borders of the United States and Canada. He will defend his dissertation in April 2024.

John is dedicated to building meaningful connections between academic and public communities. With training in digital humanities, public history, and oral history, he has contributed to more than a dozen projects aimed at making history accessible to a wide audience. John also serves as an editorial assistant for the Journal of Social History and works as a book review editor for H-CivWar. He has also served as affiliate editor for the National Council of Public History's History@Work blog. 

In addition to his academic work, John is a professional photographer known for producing high-quality author photos and headshots for academics. He has an upcoming image featured on the cover of Niels Eichhorn and Duncan Campbell's book, The Civil War In the Age of Nationalism (LSU Press, 2024). If you are a Civil War scholar in need of images, John has documented numerous battlefields and historical sites across the United States and can be contacted for assistance.

Recent Updates

American History Gazette Podcast

John recently talked with Jake Suggs of the American History Gazette podcast. They discussed the U.S.-Dakota War in history and memory. Check out the conversation on YouTube or Spotify. Watch here:

Added to Native Reconstruction Working Group

John's been added to the Native Reconstruction working group. Read more here: