Promoted to Associate Professor
Dawn G. Marsh accepted an appointment in the History Department in 2007 with specialization in Native American and Indigenous History. Prof. Marsh’s book, A Lenape among the Quakers: The Life of Hannah Freeman, reconstructs the life of a Lenape woman in the eighteenth century—from the days of her grandmothers before European settlement to the beginning of the nineteenth century. The story that emerges is one of persistence and resilience as “Indian Hannah” negotiates her life with the Quaker neighbors who employ her, entrust their children to her, and seek out her healing skills. And yet these are the same neighbors whose families dispossessed hers. It is a unique view of a Native American woman in a colonial community during a time of dramatic transformation and upheaval.
Prof. Marsh works closely with the Native American Educational and Cultural Center (NAECC) acting as Faculty Advisor to the Native American Student Association (NASA) and as a collaborator in the center’s programs. Most recently she developed a minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and will act as Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies beginning in Fall 2014.
Dr. Marsh earned her Ph.D from the University of California, Riverside in Native American History. She has served as a consultant to the Ohio Historical Society, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Defense on issues related to Native American history and culture. She has earned and participated in numerous grants and fellowships including Purdue’s Enhancing Research in the Humanities Grant and the NEH Bridging Cultures in the Humanities Grant.