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Rob Harper


Rob Harper joined the History Department in 2008. His research and teaching interests include early America, American Indian history, North American borderlands, the early modern Atlantic world, and the comparative study of settler colonialism, violence, and state formation. He co-teaches Native American Forestry with Professor Mike Demchik of the College of Natural Resources.

On campus, Harper advises the UWSP History Club. He’s co-advisor of the Curling Association of UWSP. Professor Harper is also a member of the UWSP Academic Representation Council (UW-SPARC).


Harper, Rob. “Unsettling the West: Violence and State Building in the Ohio Valley.” University of
Pennsylvania Press, 2018.


  • American Historical Association
  • American Society for Ethnohistory
  • History SoTL: An International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History
  • Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
  • Western History Association


“The past is never dead. It isn’t even past.” —William Faulkner, 1951

Professor of History
Native American Studies Coordinator

CCC 469


Ph.D. - American History
University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A. - History
University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A. - History
Oberlin College


Colonial America
Native American Forestry
Native American History
United States to 1877
Topics in History: Wisconsin Indians: History, Treaties, Sovereignty