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Benjamin Madley


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Contact Information

Email    madley@ucla.edu
Office  5371 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-1278

Benjamin Madley is an historian of Native America, the United States, and colonialism in world history. Born in Redding, California, he spent much of his childhood in Karuk Country near the Oregon border where he became interested in the relationship between colonizers and indigenous peoples. He writes about American Indians as well as colonialism in Africa, Australia, and Europe, often applying a transnational and comparative approach.

Madley is the author of a dozen peer-reviewed book chapters and journal articles. His book chapters have been published in four edited volumes. His eight articles have appeared in journals ranging from the American Historical Review to European History Quarterly and the Journal of Genocide Research.

Yale University Press published his first book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873This book received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History, the Raphael Lemkin Book Award from the Institute for the Study of Genocide,  the Charles Redd Phi Alpha Theta Award for the Best Book on the American West, the California Book Awards Gold Medal for Californiana, and the Heyday Books History AwardIt was also named a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, an Indian Country Today Hot List book, and a Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title. True West Magazine named Madley the Best New Western Author of 2016.


Madley's current research explores Native American labor in the making of the western United States.

Madley earned a B.A. in History at Yale University in 1994 and received a Henry Fellowship to attend Oxford University, where he completed an M.St. in Modern European History. In 2009, he earned a Ph.D. in History at Yale. Before coming to UCLA, he was an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department and Native American Studies Program at Dartmouth College from 2010 to 2012.

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Degrees

Ph.D., History, Yale University, 2009
M.Phil., History, Yale University, 2005
M.A., History, Yale University, 2005
M.St., History, Oxford University, 1995
B.A., History, Yale University, 1994, summa cum laude

Awards

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History, 2017

Raphael Lemkin Book Award from the Institute for the Study of Genocide, 2017

Charles Redd Phi Alpha Theta Award for the Best Book on the American West, 2017

California Book Awards Gold Medal for Californiana, 2017

San Francisco Public Library Laureate, 2017

Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title, 2016

True West Magazine Best New Western Author, 2016

Heyday Books History Book Award, 2016

Phi Alpha Theta / Westerners International Dissertation Prize, 2010

Yale University Fredrick W. Beinecke Dissertation Prize, 2009

Arrell M. Gibson Award for best article of 2008, in any journal, on Native American History, 2009

Oscar O. Winther Award for best article of 2008 in The Western Historical Quarterly, 2009

Selected Publications

BOOK

An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016).

JOURNAL ARTICLES 

"Genocide in the Golden State: A Response to Reviews by William Bauer, Jr., Margaret Jacobs, Karl Jacoby and Jeffrey Ostler," Journal of Genocide Research 19:1 (March, 2017), 154-163. 

"Understanding Genocide in California under United States Rule, 1846-1873," The Western Historical Quarterly 47:4 (Winter, 2016), 449-461.

"Reexamining the American Genocide Debate: Meaning, Historiography, and New Methods," The American Historical Review 120:1 (February, 2015), 98-139.

"'Unholy Traffic in Human Blood and Souls:' Systems of California Indian Servitude under U.S. Rule," Pacific Historical Review 83:4 (November, 2014), 626-667.

"California's Yuki Indians: Defining Genocide in Native American History," The Western Historical Quarterly 39:3 (Autumn, 2008), 303-332.

"From Terror to Genocide: Britain's Tasmanian Penal Colony and Australia's History Wars," Journal of British Studies 47:1 (January, 2008), 77-106.

"From Africa to Auschwitz: How German South West Africa incubated ideas and methods adopted and developed by the Nazis in Eastern Europe," European History Quarterly 35:3 (July, 2005), 429-464.

"Patterns of Frontier Genocide, 1803-1910: The Aboriginal Tasmanians, the Yuki of California, and the Herero of Namibia," Journal of Genocide Research 6:2 (June, 2004), 167-192.

BOOK CHAPTERS


"California and Oregon's Modoc Indians: How Indigenous Resistance Camouflages Genocide in Colonial Histories" in Andrew Woolford, Jeff Benvenuto, and Alexander Laban Hinton, eds., Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America (Durham: Duke University Press, 2014), 95-130.

"The Genocide of California's Yana Indians" in Samuel Totten and William S. Parsons, eds., Centuries of Genocide: Essays and Eyewitness Accounts (New York: Routledge, 2012), 16-53.

"Tactics of Nineteenth Century Colonial Massacre: Tasmania, California and Beyond" in Philip G. Dwyer and Lyndall Ryan, eds.,Theatres of Violence: Massacres, Mass Killing and Atrocity Throughout History (New York: Berghan Books, 2012), 110-125.

"When 'The World Was Turned Upside Down': California and Oregon's Tolowa Indian Genocide, 1851-1856" in Adam Jones, ed., New Directions in Genocide Research (New York: Routledge, 2011), 170-196.

BOOK REVIEWS


Catherine M. Cameron, Paul Kelton, and Alan C. Swedlund, eds., Beyond Germs: Native Depopulation in North America (Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2015) in The Journal of American History 103:4 (March 2017), 1022-1023

Deborah and Jon Lawrence, Violent Encounters: Interviews On Western Massacres (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2011) in The Western Historical Quarterly 43:2 (Summer, 2012), 224-225.

Saul Friedländer, The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 (New York: Harper Perennial, 2007) in Journal of Genocide Research 12:3 (Autumn, 2010), 279-280.

Richard T. Stillson, Spreading the Word: A History of Information in the California Gold Rush (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006) in The Western Historical Quarterly 39:1 (Spring, 2008), 79-80.

Frank Baumgardner, Killing for Land in Early California: Indian Blood at Round Valley, 1856-1863 (New York: Algora Publishing, 2005) in The Americas 64:2 (October, 2007), 279-280.

William D. Rubinstein, Genocide: A History (Harlow: Longman, 2004) in European History Quarterly 36:2 (April, 2006), 332-334.

DOCUMENTARY FILM PARTICIPATION

Namibia: Genocide and the Second Reich, a 60-minute BBC documentary (first aired December 7, 2004).

Research

Native American labor in the making of the western United States

Graduate Students

Preston S. McBride

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

North American Indian History, Precontact to 1830

Capstone Seminar: History -- World History

Topics in History: Science/Technology

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

North American Indian History, Precontact to 1830

Capstone Seminar: History -- World History

Topics in History: Science/Technology

2017 Spring Quarter

Advanced Historiography: American Indian Peoples

North American Indian History, 1830 to Present

2016 Spring Quarter

Advanced Historiography: American Indian Peoples

North American Indian History, 1830 to Present

2015 Fall Quarter

North American Indian History, Precontact to 1830

Capstone Seminar: History -- World History

Topics in World History

2015 Spring Quarter

Advanced Historiography: American Indian Peoples

North American Indian History, 1830 to Present

2014 Fall Quarter

North American Indian History, Precontact to 1830

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

Topics in History: U.S.

2014 Spring Quarter

Advanced Historiography: American Indian Peoples

North American Indian History, 1830 to Present

2014 Winter Quarter

North American Indian History, Precontact to 1830

Introduction to U.S. History: 1790 to 1900

2013 Spring Quarter

North American Indian History, 1830 to Present

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

Topics in History: U.S.

2013 Winter Quarter

North American Indian History, Precontact to 1830

Previous Courses by Course

HIST 149A
North American Indian History, Precontact to 1830

2017 Fall Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

HIST 201O
Topics in History: Science/Technology

2017 Fall Quarter

HIST 191O
Capstone Seminar: History -- World History

2017 Fall Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

HIST 149B
North American Indian History, 1830 to Present

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

AM IND M200A
Advanced Historiography: American Indian Peoples

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

HIST M200W
Advanced Historiography: American Indian Peoples

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

HIST 214
Topics in World History

2015 Fall Quarter

HIST 201H
Topics in History: U.S.

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

HIST 191D
Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

HIST 246B
Introduction to U.S. History: 1790 to 1900

2014 Winter Quarter