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Ohio Settlement Conference Speakers

Portrait of Dr. Tim Anderson

Dr. Timothy G. Anderson

Dr. Timothy G. Anderson is Associate Professor and Graduate Chair in the Geography Department at Ohio University, where he has taught courses in cultural and historical geography since 1996. His research interests focus on the historical settlement geography of the United States, especially the production of regional and ethnic cultural landscapes, and the production of cultural landscapes associated with Germanic diasporic movements and communities. His most recent research involves a book project on the historical settlement geography of Ohio in the first half of the 19th century, which focuses on the production of the state’s regional cultural landscapes resulting from the migration of five different population groups during the Early National period.

John Bickers, portrait

John Bickers

John Bickers is a Ph.D. candidate at The Ohio State University, where he received an M.A. He studies Early and Native American history. His dissertation is a political history of the sovereign Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, of which he is a citizen, from the late 18th through the early 20th century.

Portait of Anna-Lisa Cox

Anna-Lisa Cox

Anna-Lisa Cox is an award-winning historian whose newest book, The Bone and Sinew of the Land, was honored by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the best history books of 2018. She was a recent Research Associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture where her original research underpinned two exhibits. Her writing has been featured in a number of publications including The North Star, Lapham’s Quarterly and The New York Times. She is currently a non-resident fellow at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.

Portrait of Ann Fidler

Ann Fidler

Ann Fidler earned a Ph.D. in American and English Legal and Constitutional History and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. At Ohio University, she taught in the History Department and served as dean of the Honors Tutorial College, as the Interim Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives, and as Executive Associate Provost and Chief of Staff for two executive vice president and provosts. She is currently working on a biography of Manasseh Cutler.

Portrait of Joe Gingerich

Joe Gingerich

Joe Gingerich is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Ohio University and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History. His expertise include hunting and gathering societies, stone tool technology, spatial analysis (GIS, analysis of artifact distributions, and human use of landscapes), geoarchaeology, and the first peopling of North America. His current work focuses on human responses to changing environments, changes in stone tool technology over time, and the spatial arrangements of artifacts at hunter-gatherer campsites. Most of his current research is based in the eastern United States and east Africa. His research has been funded by the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Science Foundation. 

Portrait of Kim M. Gruenwald

Kim M. Gruenwald

Kim M. Gruenwald is Associate Professor of History at Kent State University, specializing in Colonial America, the American Revolution, and the Early Republic. She is the author of River of Enterprise: The Commercial Origins of Regional Identity in the Ohio Valley, 1790-1850 (2002).


Bill Hunter, portrait

Bill Hunter

Bill Hunter is a geographer who serves as the park planner and environmental coordinator for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Working on behalf of the park and its resources, he draws on his professional, academic, personal and volunteer experience to preserve and protect its important natural and cultural resources. An expert on the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, he has been involved in the successful development of park projects of all scopes and scales, from a dam removal for restoration of the Cuyahoga River to the development of the new central Visitor Center. Active in his affiliations, he has presented the results of his research at professional conferences, colleges and universities, local historical societies, and public interest groups, in addition to publishing articles and book chapters on cultural resource management and environmental impact assessment. His research interests and areas of expertise include environmental governance, the evolution of transportation systems, resource geographies, and the spatial dynamics of extractive industries.

Portrait of William Kerrigan

William Kerrigan

William Kerrigan is the Cole Distinguished Professor of American History at Muskingum University. He is the author of Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard (Johns Hopkins University Press 2012) and has co-authored several local history works. He teaches a broad range of courses in American History, including courses on the American Revolution, the Civil War, Environmental History and Ohio History. In addition to writing and teaching, he keeps active in the public history arena, presenting talks every year on various Ohio History and Civil War subjects for many Ohio museums and historical societies.

Portrait of Adam R. Nelson

Adam R. Nelson

Adam R. Nelson is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned a Ph.D. in History from Brown University. His publications include Education and Democracy: The Meaning of Alexander Meiklejohn, 1872-1964 (2001); The Elusive Ideal: Equal Educational Opportunity and the Federal Role in Boston’s Public Schools (2005); Education and the Culture of Print in Modern America, co-edited with John L. Rudolph (2010); and The Global University: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives, co-edited with Ian P. Wei (2012). He is currently writing a pair of books titled "Capital of Mind: The Making of an American Knowledge Economy, 1730-1830" and "Empire of Knowledge: Nationalism, Internationalism, and American Science, 1780-1830." His research has been funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities/American Antiquarian Society, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard, the Advanced Studies Fellowship Program at Brown, and the Vilas Associate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as president of the History of Education Society and co-directs the annual University of Wisconsin-Peking University Workshop on Higher Education.

Portrait of Jessica Choppin Roney

Jessica Choppin Roney

Jessica Choppin Roney is Associate Professor of History at Temple University. Her current project, Revolutionary Settlement: The Colonies of the American Revolution, examines the examines two linked diasporas that resulted from the American Revolution: one of Loyalists predominantly to Canada, and one of Anglo-American settlers to the trans-Appalachian west where they founded colonies that might—or might not—one day be part of the United States. Her work asks how these people (and the policymakers who wanted to regulate them!), who had all lived through the American Revolution, drew meaning from that seismic event, and how they implemented those lessons as they created new colonies as parts of larger empires.

Portrait of Joseph Ross

Joseph Ross

Joseph Ross is the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy’s inaugural Ph.D. Fellow in Political History at the University of Missouri. A native of Ohio, he earned a B.A. from The Ohio State University and an M.A. in History at Ohio University. His research focuses on the imperial similarities and distinctions between Great Britain and the United States in the trans-Appalachian West, as well as the effects empire had on political development and Native American relations in the western territories.

Portrait of Brian Schoen

Brian Schoen

Brian Schoen is Associate Professor of 19th century U.S. history and director of the Master of Social Sciences at Ohio University. He authored The Fragile Fabric of Union: Cotton, Federal Politics, and the Global Origins of the Civil War, winner of the Southern Historical Association’s Bennett H. Wall book award, and co-edited The Old South’s Modern Worlds: Slavery, Region, and Nation in the Age of Progress and Between Sovereignty and Anarchy: The Politics of Violence in the American Revolutionary Era. He is working on a book examining the coming of the Civil War as part of a broader global crisis in governance.

Portrait of Cam Shriver

Cam Shriver

Cam Shriver is a Research Associate at the Myaamia Center and a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Miami University. He is currently building a GIS database of Myaamia (Miami Indian) reserves and land transactions in 19th-century Indiana and Ohio, as requested by tribal government, and also works on intelligence gathering in the colonial Ohio River Valley and Great Lakes. He earned a Ph.D. in history from Ohio State University in 2016.

Portrait of Glenna J. Wallace

Glenna J. Wallace

Glenna J. Wallace was elected to the office of the Chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma in 2006. She is the first woman ever elected to this office. During her many years of service to academia, the community and the tribe, several organizations have bestowed honors and recognition for her dedication and work:

  • “2009” Participant Colonial Williamsburg Foundation “American Indian Initiative”, Williamsburg, VA“ 2007” Ten Most influential Women in Tri-State Region
  • DAR Heritage Award
  • Outstanding Alumni Wyandotte High School
  • Business & Professional Woman of the Year
  • Soroptimist Woman of Distinction
  • Board Member People’s Bank
  • Governor’s Award for Outstanding Teacher
  • Honorary Lifetime Member Newtonia BPA
  • Local, State, Regional, National Teaching Awards
  • 2006 Eastern Shawnee Senior Princess
  • 2007 Woman Tribal Leader of the Year by Engage Life Program
  • 2007 Ten Most Influential Woman in the Tri-State Region