Margaret Connell-Szasz

Regents' Professor in Arts and Sciences

Photo: Margaret Connell-Szasz

Phone: (505) 277-5245
Office: Mesa Vista 2100


B.A. in Advanced Writing, University of Washington
M.A. in History, University of Washington
Ph.D. in History, University of New Mexico, 1972

Research Interests:

American Indian/Alaskan Native/ Native Hawaiian, Celtic History post 1700, Comparative Indigenous History, History of Scotland

Research Statement:

Margaret Connell-Szasz researches and writes in the following fields: American Indian and Comparative Indigenous History, with a focus on education; Cultural Intermediaries; and Modern History of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Native America.


Recent President of the Western History Association and Regents Professor of History, Dr. Connell-Szasz is a student of American Indian/ Alaska Native/ Native Hawaiian history, Modern Native American/Celtic history, Comparative Indigenous history, and U.S. History.  A Research Fellow at the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen , Scotland, she has taught Scottish, English and American students at universities in England and Scotland.  Her publications include Scottish Highlanders and Native Americans: Indigenous Education in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World; Education and the American Indian: The Road to Self-Determination; Abraham Lincoln and Religion (co-authored with Ferenc M. Szasz); Between Indian and White Worlds: The Cultural Broker.  Current writing projects include editing "Nations on the Move: Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Native America Since 1960," (submitted and awaiting readers' reports); and a study of Sabal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.  She is a co-editor of a series on Indigenous Education with the University of Nebraska Press.  Professor Connell-Szasz also serves on the editorial board of the Journal Northern Scotland,  Montana, The Magazine of Western History and has served on other journal boards.

Professor Connel-Szasz has advised dozens of student completing M.A. and PhD degrees.

Recent/Select Publications:

Education and the American Indian, The Road to Self-Determination Since 1928 (1999)

Between Indian and White Worlds: The Cultural Brokers (2001)

Scottish Highlanders and Native Americans: Indigenous Education in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World (2007)

Abraham Lincoln and Religion ( Ferenc M Szasz with M Connell-Szasz) (2014)


President, Western History Association, 2013-2014

College of Arts and Sciences Regents Professor, effective 2012

William Shoemaker Endowment in History Grant, 2008, 2012, 2016-2017

UNM College of Arts and Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence, 2008-2009

Fulbright Specialist, 2008-2013

Western History Association Honorary Life Membership Award, 2004

UNM Research Allocations Committee, Research in Scotland Summer Grant, 2003

American Indian History Appreciation Award [Western History Association], 2000

Seminar Fellow, D’Arcy McNickle Center, Newberry Library, Chicago, 1994; Dine College, 1996

College of Arts and Sciences Regents Lecturer, 1990-1993

Scholar, Task Force on Indian Nations at Risk, US Dept of Education, 1990-1991

First recipient of Snead-Wertheim Endowed Lectureship in Anthropology & History, 1989-1990

Vivian Paladin award for best article in Montana, the Magazine of Western History, (twice)


  • US History to 1877
  • US History since 1877
  • American West
  • 20th Century Indians
  • Comparative Ethno-History
  • Native American History 1040-2000
  • Celtic/Native American History post 1700
  • Native American History to 1850
  • Native American History 1850-1940
  • Native American History 1940-present.