Short CV

Andrew Denson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of History
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723


Ph.D., History, Indiana University, 2000
M.A., History, Indiana University, 1994
B.A., History, University of Illinois, 1992


Monuments to Absence: Cherokee Removal and the Contest over Southern Memory (University of North Carolina Press, 2017)

Demanding the Cherokee Nation: Indian Autonomy and American Culture, 1830-1900 (University of Nebraska Press, 2004)

Selected Essays

“Reframing the Indian Dead: Removal-Era Cherokee Graves and the Changing Landscape of Southern Memory,” in Death and the American South, eds. Craig Thompson Friend and Lorri Glover (Cambridge University Press, 2015), 250-274.

“Native Americans in Cold War Public Diplomacy: Indian Politics, American History, and the US Information Agency,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 36 (Fall 2012), 3-22.

“Remembering Cherokee Removal in Civil-Rights Era Georgia,” Southern Cultures 14 (Winter 2008), 85-101.

“A Few Unreasonable Proposals: Some Rejected Ideas from the Cherokee Allotment Negotiations,” Chronicles of Oklahoma 84 (Winter 2006-2007), 426-43.

“Muskogeeā€™s Indian International Fairs: Tribal Autonomy and the Indian Image in the Late Nineteenth Century,” Western Historical Quarterly 34 (Fall 2003), 325-346.

Selected Presentations

“‘The Most Historic Place in Oklahoma': Preserving and Erasing the Native American Past,” American Society for Ethnohistory, Nashville, Tennessee, November 2016.

“Basking in Cherokee History: Tourism and Public Memory in Southern Appalachia,” American Indian Workshop, Leiden, Netherlands, May 2014.

“The Dark Star on the Flag: Indian Nationhood and the Memory of Cherokee Removal in the Twentieth Century South,” Southern Historical Association, Baltimore, Maryland, October 2011.

“Reframing the Indian Dead: Cherokee Removal Graves and the Changing Landscape of Public Memory,” Interdisciplinary Symposium on Death in the South, Raleigh, North Carolina, April 2011.

“Gatlinburg’s Cherokee Monument: Tourism and Public Memory,” University of Georgia Native American Studies Symposium, Athens, Georgia, February 2010.

“Movements and Monuments: Remembering Native American Removal in the Civil-Rights Era South,” American Historical Association, San Diego, California, January 2010.

“The Next Minority: Native Americans in Cold-War Public Diplomacy,” American Society for Ethnohistory, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 2009.

“Tourism and the Public Elder,” American Anthropological Association, Washington, D. C., November 2007.

“Philanthropy and Nationhood in 20th century Oklahoma,” American Society for Ethnohistory, Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 2007.

“Cherokee Removal and Southern Memory,” American Society for Ethnohistory, Williamsburg, Virginia, November 2006.

Courses Taught at Western Carolina University


HIST 231-231 United States History
HIST 236 Native American Lives
HIST 297 Sophomore Research Methods Seminar
HIST 470 History and Memory in the American South
HIST 433 The Young Republic
HIST 445 Cherokee History
HIST 493 Native American Sovereignty


HIST 620 Native American History
HIST 631 Historiography