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Morgan Veraluz, PhD

Morgan Veraluz is a historian of the Chihuahuan Desert borderlands, encompassing parts of Texas, New Mexico, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Coahuila. Within that region, he analyzes the relationship between Apache groups, Spanish colonizers, and the environment. His forthcoming book, entitled Deserts of Plenty, Rivers of Want, will be published through the University of Nebraska Press. He has taught at the university level in Michigan and Tennessee. Morgan’s latest projects focus on the broader dynamic of arid ecosystems as obstacles to North American empire and nation building, and comparative analysis of the productive consequences of violent exchanges during the colonial era and the modern era.


PhD, History, University of Michigan, 2014

BA, History & Classical Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2005

Courses Taught

American History from the beginning until 1877; American History since 1877; Global Culture and History: The Crises of First Contact in Native and Latin North America

Research Interests

Environmental History; Borderlands Studies of the American Southwest and northern Mexico; Native American History; North American Colonial History

Selected Publications

Forthcoming: Deserts of Plenty, Rivers of Want (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press)