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Dr Jane Dinwoodie

Dr Jane Dinwoodie

Research Fellow, Jesus College


Biography:

I am a historian of the United States and Indigenous America. I am currently working on my first book project. Tentatively titled We Remain: Indian Non-Removal in the Nineteenth-century American South, this project centres on Indian removal – a wave of federally-sponsored efforts to forcibly relocate Indigenous communities from their homelands east of the Mississippi River to new lands in the West, which peaked following the Indian Removal Act of 1830 – and, in particular, the experiences of the thousands of individuals, families, and communities that successfully avoided it throughout the South. By ranging across the region and its polities, We Remain tells the story of Indian non-removal in the South as a massive cross-regional phenomenon which affected not only Indigenous Southerners but also American officials, local residents, and continental dynamics of sovereignty, state development, and American empire.

I received my BA in History from Cambridge University in 2011, my MPhil in Historical Studies from Cambridge University in 2012, and my DPhil in History from Oxford University in 2017. In the 2016-17 academic year, I was an Advisory Council Dissertation Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. My research has been generously supported by a variety of associations, including the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Royal Historical Society, and the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University, among others.

Subject groups/Research projects

American History:

Departments and Institutes

Jesus College:

Teaching

At Cambridge, I teach the second-year survey paper in early American history (paper 22, North American History, c.1500-1865) and supervise undergraduate dissertation students in American history.

Keywords

  • American History

Key Publications

Jane Dinwoodie, “The Long War: Sustaining Indigenous Communities and Contesting Sovereignties in the Civil War South” in Frank Towers and Jewel Spangler (eds.), Remaking North American Sovereignty: State Transformation in the 1860s (New York: Fordham University Press, 2020).