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Ari Kelman is Chancellor’s Leadership Professor of history at University of California Davis. Until 2016, he was the McCabe Greer Professor of History at Penn State University. His fields of specialization are the U.S. Civil War, Western, Native American, and environmental history. Kelman's book, A Misplaced Massacre, won the 2014 Bancroft Prize, Avery O. Craven Award, Tom Watson Brown Book Award, and Robert M. Utley Prize. [1][2][3][4]



Kelman first book, A River and Its City (University of California Press, 2003; paperback 2006), is an environmental history of the city of New Orleans, especially focusing on the city's uneasy relationship with the Mississippi River. A River and Its City won the 2004 Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, awarded annually "to the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes of North America."[5]

His second book, A Misplaced Massacre (Harvard University Press, 2013), explores the struggles over how the notorious Sand Creek massacre of 1864 should be remembered, beginning in the immediate aftermath of the violence and continuing through the opening of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Through archival research and oral history interviews, Kelman documents how National Park Service employees, local landowners, and descendants of victims of the Sand Creek massacre worked together to develop an appropriate memorial for the historic site.[6] A Misplaced Massacre has been reviewed extensively.[7][8][9][10][11]

His most recent book, with artist Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, is a non-fiction graphic novel entitled Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War (Hill and Wang, 2015).[12]

Other workEdit

During and after Hurricane Katrina, Kelman wrote articles describing New Orleans' environmental history for such popular media outlets as The Nation,[13] Slate,[14] and The Christian Science Monitor.[15] From 2005-2007, Kelman was senior creative consultant for the PBS series, American Experience: New Orleans.[16] He is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement.[17] Kelman also co-founded the award-winning blog The Edge of the American West.[18]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2014-03-14. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Organization of American Historians: Avery O. Craven Award Winners". Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2014-07-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Western History Association - Robert M. Utley Award". Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  5. ^ "Awards and Fellowships". Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  6. ^ "Noel: 150 years later, Sand Creek still wounds". Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  7. ^ "Screams in the Wind," Mark Gidley, Times Literary Supplement. May 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Civil War Monitor". Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  9. ^ "A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek". Washington Independent Review of Books. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  10. ^ "How to Tell a Story: A Review of Ari Kelman's _A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek". 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  11. ^ "Book Review: Ari Kelman, A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money". 2013-02-27. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  12. ^ "'Battle Lines' Is A Civil-War Comic Hollywood Can Learn From". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  13. ^ "Ari Kelman". The Nation. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ "America's underclass exposed". 2005-09-12. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-07-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ [2]
  18. ^ Luker, Ralph E. (2011-06-26). "History News Network | The Edge of the American West to Cliopatria's Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2017-05-30.

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