Willard Hughes Rollings
|Willard Hughes Rollings|
September 8, 1948|
Farmington, San Juan County, New Mexico, United States
|Died||July 30, 2008
Paradise, Clark County, Nevada
|Residence||Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada|
|Alma mater||Texas Tech University|
|Occupation||Historian of Native Americans|
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Williams-Rollings (deceased)|
|Parents||Ira and Georgia Luella Rollings|
Rollings was born in Farmington in northwestern New Mexico, to the late Ira Rollings and Georgia Luella Rollings (1918–1987). He was reared and graduated from high school in Socorro in the Rio Grande Valley of west central New Mexico. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 and his Master of Arts in 1975, both in history, from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. He procured his Ph.D. in 1983 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He was appointed to the history faculty of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 1989 and had been a full professor since 2005. Previously, he taught at Missouri State University in Springfield, Texas Tech, and at high schools in Socorro and New Laguna, New Mexico, and Valencia, Venezuela.
Rollings, who was of Cherokee descent, penned four books and numerous essays on Indian history. His books are studies of the Osage Nation and Comanche tribes. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library in Chicago and a Fulbright Scholarship to New Zealand, where he studied the culture and history of the Māori and also spent time in Christchurch and Wellington.
At UNLV, Rollings taught the history of the American West, Native American history, Nevada history, and specialty courses on Native Americans. He was involved in the establishment of UNLV's first Ph.D. program in the history of the American West.
- Unaffected by the Gospel: Osage Resistance to the Christian Invasion, 1673–1906: A Cultural Victory. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2004.
- The Comanche. The Indians of North America Series. Revised ed. New York: Chelsea House, 2004.
- The Osage: An Ethnohistorical Study of Hegemony on the Prairie-Plains. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1992.
- Willard Hughes Rollings obituary, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, August 3, 2008:http://www.lubbockonline.com/stories/080308/obi_312969987.shtml