History: Faculty
& Staff


Adam Hodge, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Native American History
  • Environmental History
  • North American West
  • Early America


  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.A., Kent State University
  • B.A., Thiel College

Recent publications

  • "'In Want of Nourishment for to Keep Them Alive': Climate Fluctuations, Bison Scarcity, and the Smallpox Epidemic of 1780-82 on the Northern Great Plains," Environmental History vol. 17, no. 2 (Spring 2012): pp. 365-403
  • "Pestilence and Power: The Smallpox Epidemic of 1780-1782 and Intertribal Relations on the Northern Great Plains," The Historian, vol. 72, no. 3 (Fall 2010): pp. 543-567
  • "Beyond Borderlands: Horses, Guns, Smallpox, and the Trajectory of Eastern Shoshone History,"  (completed May 2011)
  • "History Harvest Potential: Environmental History," The History Harvest http://historyharvest.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/history-harvest-potential-environmental-history-adam-hodge/ (April 11, 2013)
  • Trevor R. Peck, Light from Ancient Campfires: Archeological Evidence for Native Lifeways on the Northern Plains. Edmonton: AU Press, Athabasca University, 2011. For Montana The Magazine of Western History
  • Richard E. Jensen, ed. Here You Have My Story: Eyewitness Accounts of the Nineteenth- Century Central Plains. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2009. For Great Plains Quarterly

Recent presentations

  • "Ecological Change and Epidemiological Barriers in the Early West: Horse Diffusion and the Making of the 1779-1783 Smallpox Epidemic," 52nd Annual Conference of the Western History Association, Denver, Colorado, October 4-7, 2012
  • "Saving and Enjoying the Vanishing Wild West: William F. Cody as a Preservationist and Sportsman," The Seventh Annual James A. Rawley Conference in the Humanities, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, March 31, 2012
  • "From 'a brave people dreaded of all the other tribes' to 'a miserable, defenseless nation': Horses, Guns, Smallpox, and the Trajectory of Eastern Shoshone History," The Sixth Annual James A. Rawley Conference in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, April 9, 2011
  • "The Other Numic Empire: Horses, Guns, Smallpox, and the Fate of the Eastern Shoshones," The Thirty-Second Mid-America Conference on History, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas, September 23, 2010
  • "Vectors of Colonialism: The Horse, the Gun, and the Spread of Smallpox throughout the Northern Plains, 1780-82," The 2009 Ohio Academy of Historians Annual Meeting, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, April 3, 2009
  • "The Boy General Proves His Worth: The Performance of George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of Gettysburg," The Phi Alpha Theta Western Pennsylvania Regional Conference, Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania, March 31, 2007
  • "The 1680 Pueblo Revolt: A Case Study of the Impact of the Catholic Church upon Native Uprisings," The Conference on Augustine, Aquinas, and the Church in Latin America, Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, December 7, 2006

Recent awards and recognition

  • Addison E. Sheldon Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (fall semester of 2012-2013 academic year), 2012
  • Trennert-Iverson Award, Western History Association Conference Scholarship, 2012
  • Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Summer Award for Off-Campus Upper Division and Graduate Students, Brigham Young University, 2012
  • Graduate Research Fellow, The Buffalo Bill Project, University of Nebraska- Lincoln and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 2011-2012
  • Dov Ospovat Memorial Award for a Distinguished Graduate Research Paper, presented by the Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2010
  • George P. Hammond Prize, Phi Alpha Theta National Paper Prize Competition, 2008
  • Phi Alpha Theta William E. Parrish Scholarship for beginning M.A. students, 2007

Service to Department and University:

  • Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta, Lourdes University, 2013

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Society for Environmental History
  • Western History Association
  • Phi Alpha Theta, national history honorary
  • History Graduate Student Association, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2009-2012
  • Preparing Future History Faculty (PFHF) program, Kent State University, 2007-2009


Adam Hodge
Adam Hodge
Office: SAH 292
Phone: 419-824-3676