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Ian Chambers

Ian Chambers

Assistant Professor

311C Admin.
(208) 885-5777
Mailing Address
History Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3175
Ian Chambers
  • Ph.D., Native American History, University of California, 2006
  • M.A., Historical Research, University of Warwick, 1999
  • B.A., Comparative American Studies, 1997
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Ian Chambers is an assistant professor in the Department of History, and a faculty member in the American Indian Studies, American Studies, and Women Studies programs. He received his bachelor's and master's from the University of Warwick in England before moving to the University of California Riverside for his doctoral work. He has been a Rockefeller fellow at Colonial Williamsburg, the recipient of a NEH summer fellowship and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. 

His research looks at the role that spatial understanding, both mental and physical, played during colonialism. Specifically he examines interaction between the Cherokee and British nations in the American southeast in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. He is also the person who brought pirates to UI with his upper division course on the history of piracy.

  • Colonial America
  • History of Piracy
  • Native America
  • Revolutionary America


  • Space the Final Frontier? The Role of Spatial Understanding the Colonization (under contract SUNY Press)

Book Chapters

  • British Imaginings of the Eighteenth Century. in America in the British Imagination (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007)


  • “The Movement of Great Tellico: The role of Town and Clan in Cherokee spatial understanding”, Native South (Forthcoming)
  • “Spatial Personas: A New Technique for Interpreting Colonial Encounters in Colonial North America”, History Compass,(August 2008)
  • “Agent’s Provocateurs and Indians” Harvard International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Paper 

  • Faculty Member UI Odyssey Camp Program, May 2009
  • Coordinator and leader UI High School History Teacher Dual Credit Training Workshop, 2009
  • Pirates and Business, Guest Presentation UI Executive MBA Program, Sandpoint, Idaho, 2009
  • “Pirates of the Caribbean: Why Pirates Matter to History” Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Luncheon, Spokane, 2009
  • Faculty of Record UI History Dual Credit Program.  Includes visits and lectures at High Schools and hosting students on UI campus tours, assessment of work.  Current Schools:  McCall-Donnelly High; Moscow High; Lakeside High; Clark Fork High

  • Inspirational Faculty Member Award for Excellence, UI Alumni Association December 2009
  • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society, London, England,  2008 - present
  • Idaho Humanities Planning Grant – Dual Credit, 2008
  • NEH Summer Fellowship The American Indian and EthnohistoryNorman, Oklahoma, 2007


Physical Address:
315 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
History Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, ID 83844-3175

Phone: (208) 885-6253

Fax: (208) 885-5221


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