James Axtell

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James Axtell
Born (1941-12-20) December 20, 1941 (age 76)
Endicott, New York
Alma mater Cambridge University
Yale University
Institutions College of William and Mary
Sarah Lawrence College
Yale University
Main interests
American Indian history, history of higher education

James L. Axtell (born December 20, 1941 in Endicott, New York) is an American historian. He is a professor of history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Axtell, whose interests lie in American Indian history and the history of higher education, is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Humanities. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.[1] Axtell retired at the end of the spring 2008 semester, although he taught a class at Princeton University in the fall of 2009.[2][3]


  • James Axtell (January 1968). The Educational Writings of John Locke: A Critical Edition. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-04073-6.
  • James Axtell (January 1976). The School upon a Hill: Education and Society in Colonial New England. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-01723-5.
  • James Axtell and James P. Ronda (January 1978). Indian Missions: A Critical Bibliography. Indiana University Press-The Newberry Library. ISBN 0-253-32978-7.
  • James Axtell (February 1981). The Indian Peoples of Eastern America: A Documentary History of the Sexes. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-502741-8.
  • James Axtell (January 1982). The European and the Indian: Essays in the Ethnohistory of Colonial North America. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-502904-6.
  • James Axtell (January 1986). The Invasion Within: The Contest of Cultures in Colonial North America. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-504154-2.: History Book Club; Gilbert Chinard Prize, Society for French Historical Studies, 1985; Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, American Society for Ethnohistory, 1986; Albert B. Corey Prize, American Historical Association-Canadian Historical Association, 1986
  • James Axtell (1988). After Columbus: Essays in the Ethnohistory of Colonial North America. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-505376-1.
  • James Axtell (January 1992). Beyond 1492: Encounters in Colonial North America. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-506838-6.
  • James Axtell (July 1997). The Indians’ New South: Cultural Change in the Colonial Southeast. Louisiana State University Press. ISBN 0-8071-2172-X.
  • James Axtell (September 1998). The Pleasures of Academe: A Celebration & Defense of Higher Education. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-1049-3.
  • James Axtell (August 2000). Natives and Newcomers: The Cultural Origins of North America. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-513771-X.
  • James Axtell (April 2006). The Making of Princeton University: Woodrow Wilson to the Present. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-12686-0.
  • Wisdom′s Workshop. The Rise of the Modern University. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey 2016, ISBN 978-1-4008-8042-3.


  1. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  2. ^ https://www.princeton.edu/history/people/display_person.xml?netid=jaxtell Archived October 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ William & Mary - News & Events Archived August 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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