Department of History

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  • Camilla Townsend
  • Distinguished Professor of History
  • Degree: Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1995
  • Rutgers : At Rutgers Since 2006
  • Specialty: Early Native American and Latin American History; Early America
  • Email: ctownsend@history.rutgers.edu
  • Office: 222 Van Dyck Hall
  • Phone: 848-932-8368

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I am interested in indigenous peoples—and in relations between natives and newcomers—throughout the Americas. My publications have spanned Mexico, the Andean Region and the Chesapeake. I am deeply immersed in the study of Nahuatl, the Aztec language, and my most intense focus is now on the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writings left to us by Native American historians. Through the historical annals they produced, we catch a glimpse of indigenous conceptualizations of history as they existed at first contact.

COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT

Undergraduate

  • 508:280 Early Native American History
  • 508:282 Modern Native American History

Graduate

  • Early American History
  • Latin American History
  • Borderlands and Comparative History

PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • Here in This Year: Seventeenth-Century Nahuatl Annals of the Tlaxcala-Puebla Valley (Stanford, 2010)
  • American Indian History: A Documentary Reader (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
  • Malintzin’s Choices: An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico (New Mexico, 2006)
  • Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma (Hill & Wang, 2004)
  • Tales of Two Cities: Race and Economic Culture in Early Republican North and South America (Texas, 2000)

Textbook

  • Of the People: A History of the United States, Volume I (Oxford University Press, four editions)

MEDIA APPEARANCES

Listen to Camilla Townsend on CBC public radio HERE! 

Other appearances can be found on such venues as Native America Calling, BYU Radio, KTLA Podcasts, History Hits, NPR and BBC.

RECENT AWARDS

  • The Cundill Prize to Fifth Sun (2020)
  • The Beveridge Prize, the Howard Cline Award and the Arthur Whittaker Prize to Annals of Native America (2017-18)
  • National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar Fellowship (2017)
  • Guggenheim Fellowship (2010)

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