Frederick E. Hoxie

Swanlund Professor, Department of History and American Indian Studies
Center for Global Studies
Professor, College of Law (by courtesy)


An American historian who specializes in Native American history, Professor Frederick E. Hoxie is Swanlund Professor of History and professor of law at UIUC. His undergraduate courses include a two-semester survey course on the history of Native Americans, upper level courses in American Indian law, “Natives and Newcomers” (a comparative look at indigenous peoples and European expansion), and other special topics. He regularly offers graduate seminars in Native American history and ethnohistorical approaches to the past. He also teaches undergraduate survey courses in U.S. history.

Dr. Hoxie came to Illinois in 1998 from the Newberry Library, a private research library in Chicago, where he had served as vice president for research and education. At the Newberry, he developed programs for scholars, students and teachers that promoted the study of the Native American past and administered an internationally-acclaimed research and fellowship program for scholars in all fields.

He also oversaw the Library’s exhibits and programs for the general public. These programs were supported by a variety of foundations and government agencies, including the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Hoxie received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College in 1969 and his PhD from Brandeis University in 1977. He is the recipient of honorary degrees from Amherst College (1994) and Long Island University (2000). He taught at Antioch College from 1977 to 1983, and from 1986 to 1998 was an adjunct professor of history at Northwestern University. His publications include A Final Promise: The Campaign to Assimilate the American Indians, 1880-1920 (1984), The Crows (1989),Parading Through History: The Making of the Crow Nation in America, 1805-1935(1995), The Encyclopedia of North American Indians (1996), and Talking Back to Civilization: Indian Voices From the Progressive Era (2001). In 2006 Houghton Mifflin, Co., published a Native American history text co-authored by Professor Hoxie, R. David Edmunds, and Neal Salisbury entitled, The People: A History of Native America.

Professor Hoxie has served as a consultant and expert witness to the U. S. Department of Justice, the U. S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the National Park Service, the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes and Little Big Horn College.

He is general editor of The American Indians, a 23-volume series of books published by Time-Life that has sold over two million copies, and series editor (with Neal Salisbury) for Cambridge Studies in American Indian History, published by Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Hoxie was a founding trustee of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and has served on the boards of the Illinois Humanities Council and the Organization of American Historians. He is the former president of the American Society for Ethnohistory and has held fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Department of History bio


PhD Brandeis University
BA Amherst College