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

Research Statement:

Professor Connell-Szasz continues to research and write in the field of American Indian Education, and Comparative Indigenous Education and History.  Her current writing projects fall into this rubric.


President of the Western History Association and Regents Professor of History, Margaret 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 for Montana, The Magazine of Western History and has served on the board of the Journal of American Indian Education.

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)

Indian Education in the American Colonies, 1607-1783 (1988)


Western History Association “American Indian History Appreciation Award,” 2000

Fellowship at the D’Arcy McNickle Center and Navajo Tribal College (Diné College) 1994-95

UNM Regents Lecturer, 1990-1993

Vivian A. Paladin Writing Award, 1989


  • 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.