Julie Reed, assistant professor of history, has been named the David J. Weber Fellow for Southwestern America at the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University for the 2013-14 academic year.
While in residence Reed will complete her current bookproject, “Ten Times Better”: Cherokee Nation Social Services, 1835-1907. This work examines the rise of social service institutions, including a prison, an orphanage, and a mental healthfacility, in the Cherokee Nation in the period after the Civil War. She examines why Cherokee officials adapted institutions as a means to deliver social services traditionally administered by clans and extended families. She is particularly interested in shedding light on how individual Cherokee citizens who engaged with these institutions interacted with, assented to, or critiqued them over time. When allotment and Oklahoma statehood threatened, the Cherokee Nation used its institutions as a testament to and a defense of its sovereignty.