Margaret Connell-Szasz

Photo: Margaret Connell-Szasz

Professor Emeritus

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, Dr Connell-Szasz is a student of Native American History, Comparative Native American and Celtic History, Comparative Indigenous History, and US 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.  At UNM she has advised dozens of MA and PhD students who have found positions at colleges, universities, and in public history across the US.  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 Morton Szasz) and Between Indian and White Worlds: The Cultural Broker.  Projects underway: “Nations on the Move: Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Native American Nations, Post-1960 (waiting readers’ reports) and a history of the Scottish Gaelic College, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, within the context of the international indigenous college movement.  Co-editor of the series “Indigenous Education,” under the auspices of the University of Nebraska Press, she is also on the editorial boards of Montana: The Magazine of Western History, and Northern Scotland

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

William H and Marjory Bell Chambers Endowed Award for Excellence in History, 2016

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)


           Two semester sequence of US History:

                Pre- and Post-1877

  • American West

  • American Indians in the Twentieth, Early Twenty-First century

  • Comparative Indigenous History

  • Celtic and Native American History, post-1700

            Three semester sequence on Native American History:

               Pre-1850; 1850-1940; 1940 to the Present

             Graduate Seminars

  • Native American History

  • Twentieth-Twenty-First Century Native America

  • Global First Peoples