R. David Edmunds


  • American Western history
  • Native Americans
  • Indians in film
  • Potawatomi tribe
  • Shawnee tribe
  • Great Lakes tribes


Charles Lilly

Expert at a Glance

R. David Edmunds, Ph.D. School of Arts and Humanities

Anne and Chester Watson History Professor

Dr. Edmunds is the recipient of one of the most distinguished awards in the field of history, the Francis Parkman Prize, given for the best nonfiction historical writing as literature.

He has written or edited 10 books, including The Potawatomis: Keepers of the Fire, which won him the Parkman Prize in 1978,and The Shawnee Prophet, awarded the Ohioana Prize for Biography in 1984; and co-authored The Fox Wars: The Mesquakie Challenge to New France, which received the Heggoy Prize from the French Colonial Historical Society.

Edmunds has received prestigious fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Newberry Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has won five teaching awards from four separate universities. 

He has consulted with museums, film makers and tribal governments engaged in land disputes against state and local governments. Edmunds received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.


Updated: November 29, 2011