Durwood Ball

Associate Professor
Editor, New Mexico Historical Review

Photo: Durwood Ball

Email: lball@unm.edu
Phone: (505) 277-7847
Office: Mesa Vista 1002

Education:

BA in History and English, Lawrence University
MA in U.S. History, University of New Mexico
Ph.D. in American Western and U.S. History, University of New Mexico

Research Interests:

American Frontier and Western History, U.S. Military History, U.S. History, Male Gender History

Profile:

Durwood Ball is the editor of the New Mexico Historical Review and an associate professor of history. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of New Mexico in 1994 and worked for nearly a decade as an acquisitions editor for the University of New Mexico Press. In July 2000 he joined the history faculty to edit the New Mexico Historical Review. He published Army Regulars on the Western Frontier, 1848-1861 in 2001, and, with Paul Andrew Hutton, coedited a second edition of Soldiers West: Biographies from the Military Frontier in 2009. In addition he has published numerous articles and book chapters on frontier and western military history. He is currently writing a biography of the old frontier dragoon/cavalry officer Maj. Gen. Edwin Vose Sumner.

Recent/Select Publications:

Army Regulars on the Western Frontier, 1848-1861 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2001)

“Filibusters and Regular Troops in San Francisco, 1851-1855,” Military History of the West 28(Fall 1998)

“By Right of Conquest: Military Government in New Mexico and California, 1846-1848,” Journal of the West 41 (Summer 2002)

Awards:

Jay A. Matthews Prize, sponsored by the Texas National Guard Association, for best article, “Filibusters and Regular Troops in San Francisco, 1851-1855,” in Military History of the West.

Best Article, “By Right of Conquest: Military Government in New Mexico and California, 1846-1848,” published in Journal of the West, vol. 41 (Summer 2002)

Courses:

American West
American Civil War
Mexican-American War Era
New Mexico History
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