Nathan Wuertenberg

Areas of Expertise

Social, cultural, political, and diplomatic histories of the Revolutionary War, US Indian policies, American memory and identity

Nathan Wuertenberg previously completed an undergraduate honors thesis on the role of the American Revolution in the evolution of Quaker gender relations and reform movements in the early American republic and a master's thesis on the influence of national identity in shaping United States Indian policies before and after the American Revolution.  He has also conducted research on a variety of topics from crises of masculinity in modern popular culture to fears of the postcolonial ‘other’ in Marco Polo’s Il Milione. This research has been presented at a number of venues like the 2014 Society for Military History Conference, the 2014 and 2015 PCA/ACA Conference, the 2015 Southern Labor Studies Association Conference, the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, and the 2015 Society for History in the Federal Government Conference.

Current Research

Atlantic underpinnings of the American invasion of Canada in 1775


M.A., Ball State University, 2014

B.A., McDaniel College, 2012


Forthcoming Publications

“Relics of Barbarism: Memories of Frontier Violence in the Trans-Appalachian West and the Indian Removal Act of 1830.” in Darren R. Reid, ed. The Making of the Trans-Appalachian West: Society, Culture, and Peoples, 1754-1832. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.

“From Knights to Knights-Errant: The Evolution of Westerns through Portrayals of Violence.” in David Schmid, ed. Violence in American Popular Culture. Vol. I. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Press.

"Pacifists in the American Revolution." in The American Yawp, edited by Joseph Locke and Ben Wright.

"Indians in the American Revolution." in The American Yawp, edited by Joseph Locke and Ben Wright.

“Indians of the Southwest.” David Bernstein and Chris Magoc, eds. Imperialism and Expansionism in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia. Vol. I. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio Press.


SHEAR/Mellon American History Fellowship (2011), 1 of 10 selected nationwide