Andrew R. Graybill, Ph.D.



Andrew R. Graybill has taught at Southern Methodist Univeristy since 2011 and serves as the Director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, as well as a professor in the Clements Department of History.

Born and raised in San Antonio, he received his PhD in history from Princeton University in 2003 and was a Clements Research Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America in 2004-05. Graybill is a historian of the North American West, with particular interest in continental expansion, borders, race, violence, and the environment.

He is the author or editor of four books: Policing the Great Plains: Rangers, Mounties, and the North American Frontier, 1875-1910 (University of Nebraska Press, 2007); Bridging National Borders in North America: Transnational and Comparative Histories, which he co-edited with Benjamin Johnson (Duke University Press, 2010); The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West (Liveright, 2013); and Civil War Wests: Testing the Limits of the United States which he co-edited with Adam Arenson (California, 2015).  His current research projects include a book on the Indian Wars for North America for the “Very Short Introductions” series at Oxford University Press (co-authored with Ari Kelman), and a sweeping synthetic history of the North American Great Plains.

He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and, with Benjamin Johnson, he established and edits the “David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History” at the University of North Carolina Press.  He has written book reviews for The American Scholar, The New York Times, Texas Monthly, and The Wall Street Journal, among other venues.




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