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 Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era's inaugural Research Grant, 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. John has taught, as an adjunct professor, the U.S. survey after 1877 online and asynchronously. He serves as Book Review Editor for H-CivWar. He currently lives in Galesburg, Illinois writing his dissertation and supporting his partner, the inaugural Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at Knox College.

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.