Ari Kelman

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Ari Kelman is a historian and professor at the University of California, Davis, where he studies the American Civil War, Western, Native American, and environmental history. Currently, he also serves as an Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Director of the University Honors Program.[1] Kelman's book A Misplaced Massacre won the 2014 Bancroft Prize. [2]


Kelman first book, A River and Its City (University of California Press, 2003; paperback 2006), is an environmental history of the city of New Orleans, especially focusing on the city's uneasy relationship with the Mississippi River. A River and Its City won the 2004 Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, awarded annually "to the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes of North America."[3]

His most recent book explores the struggles over how the notorious Sand Creek massacre of 1864 should be remembered, beginning in the immediate aftermath of the violence and continuing through the opening of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Through archival research and oral history interviews, A Misplaced Massacre (Harvard University Press, 2013) documents how National Park Service employees, local landowners, and descendants of victims of the Sand Creek massacre worked together to develop an appropriate memorial for the historic site.[4] A Misplaced Massacre has been reviewed extensively.[5][6][7][8][9]

Other work[edit]

During and after Hurricane Katrina, Kelman wrote articles describing New Orleans' environmental history for such popular media outlets as The Nation,[10] Slate,[11] and The Christian Science Monitor.[12] From 2005-2007, Kelman was senior creative consultant for the PBS series, American Experience: New Orleans.[13] He is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement.[14] Kelman also co-founded the award-winning blog The Edge of the American West.[15]


External links[edit]

UC Davis website [1]

Personal website [2]

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site