James Merrell

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James Hart Merrell (born 1953 in Minnesota) is the Lucy Maynard Salmon Professor of History at Vassar College. Merrell is primarily a scholar of early American history, and has written extensively on Native American history during the colonial era. He is one of only five historians to be awarded the Bancroft Prize twice.[1]


He was raised in Minnesota.[1] Merrell earned his undergraduate degree at Lawrence University and continued his studies at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.[2] He received his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in 1982.


Merrell was a Fellow at The Newberry Library Center for the History of the American Indian in Chicago and at the Institute of Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has also received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation,[3] and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

He has taught at Vassar College since 1984, except for the 1998–1999 academic year, when he was a professor at Northwestern University.



  • The Indians' New World: Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal. UNC Press. 1989. ISBN 978-0-8078-1832-9.
  • Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier. W. W. Norton & Company. 2000. ISBN 978-0-393-31976-7.
  • Peter C. Mancall, James Hart Merrell, eds. (2000). American encounters: natives and newcomers from European contact to Indian removal, 1500-1850. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-92375-0.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  • Daniel K. Richter, James H. Merrell, eds. (2003). Beyond the covenant chain: the Iroquois and their neighbors in Indian North America, 1600-1800. Penn State Press. ISBN 978-0-271-02299-4.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  • Roger L. Nichols, ed. (1986). "The Indians' New World: The Catawba Experience". The American Indian: past and present. Verlag für die Deutsche Wirtschaft AG. ISBN 978-0-394-35238-1.
  • Philip D. Morgan, ed. (1993). "The Customes of Our Countrey: Indians and Colonialists in Early America". Diversity and unity in early North America. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-08798-8.
  • Daniel Vickers, ed. (2003). "Indian History During the English Colonial Era". A companion to Colonial America. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-631-21011-5.


  1. ^ a b "James Merrell - Faculty - Vassar College". www.vassar.edu. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  2. ^ "Student Outcomes | Lawrence University". www.lawrence.edu. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  3. ^ a b "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation | James H. Merrell". Retrieved 2019-01-22.