Scholarship & Publications

Available Books:

2016    The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Vol. 4: April 1834 – October 1835.  Salt Lake City: The Church Historian’s Press, forthcoming.  Co-editor, Matthew Godfrey. [Purchase here]

2015    Historical Dictionary of the American Frontier (Info and Reviews here). Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015. Co-author, Jay H. Buckley. [Purchase here]

Forthcoming Books:

2017     Native but Foreign: Transnational Cree, Chippewa and Yaqui Refugees and Immigrants in the U.S-Canadian and U.S.-Mexican Borderlands, 1880-presentConnecting the Greater West Series. College Station: Texas A&M Press, under contract.

2017      The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Vol. 6: February 1838 – August 1839. Salt Lake City: The Church Historian’s Press, 2017. Co-editors, Mark Ashurst-McGee and David Grua.

2017     American Indians and Mormons. Co-edited with P. Jane Hafen. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, forthcoming.

Developing            Borderlands, Boundaries, and the Histories of Indigenous Peoples in the Western Hemisphere.  Coeditor, Jeffrey P. Shepherd.  In development.

Ph.D. Dissertation and M.A. Thesis

2010     Ph.D. in History, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. “Native but Foreign: Indigenous Transnational Refugees and Immigrants in the U.S.-Canadian and U.S.-Mexican Borderlands, 1880-Present.

2006     M.A. in History, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. “Native American History, Comparative Genocide and the Holocaust: Historiography, Debate and Critical Analysis.”

Book Chapters, Anthology Contributions:

 

2011       “Cree Contraband or Contraband Crees: Early Montanan Experiences with Transnational Natives and the Formation of Lasting Prejudice, 1880-1885.”  In Smugglers, Brothels, and Twine: Historical Perspectives on Contraband and Vice in North America’s Borderlands, Andrae Marak and Elaine Carey, eds., 24-43.  Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2011. [Purchase full book here]

2011       “Genocide of Native Americans: Historical Facts and Historiographic Debates.” In Genocide of Indigenous Peoples, Vol. 8 in Genocide: A Critical Bibliographic Series, Samuel Totten and Robert Hitchcock, eds., 15-36.  New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 2011. [Purchase full book here]

2008       “Nebraska and Kansas Territories in American Legal Culture: Territorial Statutory Context.”  In The Nebraska-Kansas Act of 1854, John R. Wunder and Joann E. Ross, eds, 47-66.  Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2008. [Purchase full book here]

 

 

Journal Articles:

 

2010       “‘If a Passage Could be Found’:  The Power of Myth (and Money) in North American Exploration.”  We Proceeded On (May 2010): 8-17.

2009       “Pursuing Wicozani (the Good Way of Life): Functional Adaptations through Dakota Lifeways,” coauthors Matthew Garrett, Joseph M. White, Sr., Adam Galovan and Kathryn Akipa.  AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples 5 (Fall 2009): 108-125.

2009       “The Transnational Immigrant-Refugee Experience of Mexican Yaquis and Canadian Chippewa-Crees in Arizona and Montana.” Journal of the West 48 (Summer 2009): 12-19.

2009       “The Sand Creek Phenomenon: The Complexity and Difficulty of Undertaking a Comparative Study of Genocide vis-à-vis the North American West.”  Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal 4:1 (Spring 2009): 9-27.

2004       “The Myth of an Easy Passage to the Far East.” The Thetean 32 (2004): 111-130.


Book Reviews:

 

2016     Territories of Empire: U.S. Writing form the Louisiana Purchase to Mexican Independence, by Andy Doolen, Journal of American History, forthcoming.

2016     Bootleggers and Borders: The Paradox of Prohibition on a Canada-U.S. Borderlands, by Stephen T. Moore, Montana: The Magazine of Western History, forthcoming.

2016     From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation: A Road Map for All Canadians, by Greg Poelzer and Ken S. Coates, Great Plains Research, forthcoming.

2016     Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain West, by Jen Corrinne Brown, Journal of the West, forthcoming.

2016     Showdown in the Big Quiet: Land, Myth, and Government in the American West, by John P. Bieter, Jr., Journal of the West, forthcoming.

2015     The Mapmakers of New Zion: A Cartographic History of Mormonism, by Richard Francaviglia, Journal of Arizona History, forthcoming.

2015     The Memory of Stone: Meditations on the Canyons of the West, by Erv Schroeder, Bill McKibben, Marcia Bjornerud, and Simon J. Ortiz, Journal of the West, forthcoming.

2015     Native Diasporas: Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas, edited by Gregory D. Smithers & Brooke N. Newman, Journal of the West, forthcoming.

2015     Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library, website review, Western Historical Quarterly, Autumn 2015.

2015     Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America, edited by Andrew Woolford, Jeff Benvenuto, and Alexander Laban Hinton, Ethnohistory, forthcoming.

2015     Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life, by James Daschuk. Historical Geography 43 (2015): 7-9.

2015     Framing Chief Leschi: Narratives and the Politics of Historical Justice, by Lisa Blee. Journal of American History 101 (March 2015): 1228-1229.

2015     Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles, and Indigenous Rights in the United States: A Sourcebook, edited by Amy E Den Ouden and Jean M. O’Brien.  Journal of the West, forthcoming.

2014    Mapping Wonderlands: Illustrated Cartography of Arizona, 1912-1962, by Dori Griffin. Journal of the West 53 (Winter 2014): 95.

2014     Warrior Nations: The United States and Indian Peoples, by Roger L. Nichols.  The Journal of Arizona History 55 (Winter 2014): 507-508.

2014     Blackfoot Redemption: A Blood Indian’s Story of Murder, Confinement, and Imperfect Justice.  Ethnohistory 61 (Spring 2014): 370-372.

2014     At the Border of Empires, by Andrae M. Marak and Laura Tuennerman.  The Catholic Historical Review 100 (Spring 2014): 383-384.

2014     Comparative Indigeneities of the Américas: Toward a Hemispheric Approach, edited by M. Bianet Castellanos, Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera, and Arturo J. Aldama.  American Indian Quarterly 38 (Spring 2014): 277-280.

2013     Kearny’s March: The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847, by Winston Groom.  Military History of the West 42 (2013): 41-42.

2013     Murder State: California’s Native American Genocide, 1846-1873,by Brendan C. Lindsay.  Western Historical Quarterly 44 (Autumn 2013): 339.

2013     Pacific Connections: The Making of the U.S.-Canadian Borderlands, by Kornel Chang.  Journal of American Ethnic History 33, no. 1 (Fall 2013): 94-95.

 2013    The Invasion of Indian Country in the Twentieth Century: American Capitalism and Tribal Natural Resources, Second Edition, by Donald L. Fixico.  New Mexico Historical Review 88 (Spring 2013): 236-237.

2013      Migrants and Migration in Modern North America: Cross-Border Lives, Labor Markets, and Politics, edited by Dirk Hoerder and Nora Faires.  Canadian Journal of History / Annales Canadiennes d’Histoire 47 (Spring 2013): 676-679.

2012     Storied Landscapes: Ethno-Religious Identity and the Canadian Prairies, by Frances Swyripa.  Journal of the West 50 (Fall 2011): 83-84.

2012     Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of Utes from Colorado, by Robert Silbernagel. Montana: The Magazine of Western History (Spring 2012): 81-82.

2010     Undermining Race: Ethnic Identities in Arizona Copper Camps, 1880-1920, by Phylis Cancilla Martinelli.  Journal of the West 49 (Fall 2010): 88.

2010     A Gift of Angels: The Art of Mission San Xavier del Bac, by Bernard L. Fontana.  Journal of the West 49 (Fall 2010): 85.

 

Blog Contributions

 

2013     Blog owner and author @ http://www.bwrensink.org. Topics cover U.S. West, Modern West, Borderlands, and Indigenous History.

2012     Blog contributor @ http://www.borderlandshistory.org. Posts include, “Dare to Compare: Attempting Comparative Borderlands and Transnational History,” “Violating ‘The Border’ Series,” “Growing Up on the Other Border,” and other miscellaneous posts.See http://borderlandshistory.org/author/brensink/

Miscellaneous Non-Refereed Publications

 

2012     WHA Past Presidents Biographies for John R. Wunder and T.A. Larson.  Western History Association.  Available @ http://www.westernhistoryassociation.wildapricot.org/archives

2008       “Addendum: Chippewa Cree Research Archives at Rocky Boy School.”  In Ed Stamper, Helen Windy Boy and Ken Morsette, Jr., eds, The History of the Chippewa Cree of Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, 223-234.  Box Elder, Montana: Stone Child College Press, 2008.

2008       Historical Biographies of the Cherry County Independent (Valentine, NE), Valentine Democrat (NE), Western News-Democrat (Valentine, NE), Norfolk Weekly News and News-Journal (NE), Custer County Republican (Broken Bow, NE), McCook Tribune and Weekly-Tribune (NE), Omaha Daily Bee (NE), and Falls City Tribune (NE)Nebraska Newspapers: Digitizing Nebraska’s History site. Available at http://nebnewspapers.unl.edu/.   

2008       “The Omaha Daily Bee.”  JNews, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications Alumni Magazine (Summer 2008): 20-21.