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Paul C. Rosier, PhD Named First Chair Holder of Mary M. Birle Chair in American History

Paul C. Rosier, PhD Named First Chair Holder of Mary M. Birle Chair in American History

VILLANOVA, Pa. - The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University has appointed Paul C. Rosier, PhD, a professor of History at Villanova, as the first holder of the Mary M. Birle Chair in American History. The Chair is designed to support a nationally recognized scholar and highly-regarded teacher, enhancing the scholarly reputation of the department, college and university, as well as advancing the education of Villanova history students, both undergraduate and graduate. 

Dr. Rosier’s research focuses on integrating American Indian history into the broader narratives of American history via an interdisciplinary methodology that draws upon democratic theory, political anthropology, post-colonial studies and cultural geography. 

His latest book project, Citizens of the World:  American Indians, Citizenship, and the Promise of American Life (under contract with Cambridge University Press) examines American Indian legal and political history from the colonial era to the present. His work has been used in courses on American Indian History, Environmental History and American race relations and has been cited in a range of dissertations, articles, monographs and textbooks.

Dr. Rosier is the author of three books on American Indian History, including Serving their Country: American Indian Politics and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century (Harvard University Press, 2009), which won the 2010 Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award. His other books include Native American Issues (Greenwood Press, 2003) and Rebirth of the Blackfeet Nation, 1912-1954 (University of Nebraska Press, 2001). Dr. Rosier also served as co-editor of Echoes from the Poisoned Well: Global Memoirs of Environmental Injustice (Lexington Books, 2006). 

In addition, he has published numerous essays on American Indian history and environmental history in The Journal of American HistoryDiplomatic History and other journals.  He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Philosophical Society, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Newberry Library, Harry S. Truman Library and Princeton University Libraries. 

“Dr. Rosier is the epitome of the teacher-scholar model that we embrace and encourage here at Villanova—a superb educator whose teaching is intertwined with his scholarship,” said Marc Gallicchio, PhD, chair, Villanova University Department of History. “The scope and breadth of his scholarship will continue to provide exceptional learning opportunities for our students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.”

In 2013 Dr. Rosier was awarded the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Veritas Award for Research Excellence. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on American Indian History, American Environmental History, Global Environmental History, History of American Capitalism and American Music History, as well as research seminars for history majors. He also co-teaches the Seminar on Sustainability Studies offered to minors in Sustainability Studies, a program he co-developed and directed. He previously served as chair of the History Department.