Gregory Smithers

Associate Professor, Native American history,Cherokee Studies, comparative history, history of race and racism
(804) 828-4386


I am a historian of Native America with research and teaching interests that seek to explore the entangled histories of Native American and African American people. I am also interested in intellectual and cultural history, comparative Indigenous history, and the history of race and racism. I am currently working on Science, Sexuality, and Race in the United States and Australia, 1780s-1890s (Revised 2ndedition, University of Nebraska Press), and have begun working on a Native American environmental history of the Southeast. 

Recent publications include, "Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence, and Memory in African American History" (University Press of Florida, 2013), "Native Diasporas; Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas," edited by Gregory Smithers and Brooke Newman, (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), "Racism in American Popular Media: From Aunt Jemima to the Frito Bandito with Brian D. Behnken" (Praeger, 2015), and "The Cherokee Diaspora: An Indigenous History of Migration, Resettlement, and Identity" (Yale University Press, 2015).