William Bauer

Professor, History
Expertise: American Indian History

Biography

William (Willy) Bauer is a professor of history and program director for the American Indian and Indigenous Studies minor. Bauer (Wailacki and Concow of the Round Valley Indian Tribes) grew up on the Round Valley Reservation in northern California. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Bauer offers classes on California Indian, American Indian, and American West history. He is also UNLV's faculty liaison to the Newberry Library's Consortium on American Indian Studies.

Bauer is the author of "We Were All Like Migrant Workers Here": Work, Community and Memory on California's Round Valley Reservation, 1850-1941 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). He has also published an introduction to a revised edition of John W. Caughey's McGillivray of the Creeks (University of South Carolina Press), and essays on California Indian history in the Western Historical Quarterly, Native Pathways; American Indian Culture and Economic Change in the Twentieth Century (University of Colorado Press), and A Companion to California History (Wiley-Blackwell).

Bauer's current research focuses on the ways in which California Indians used oral traditions to offer an alternative telling of 19th and early 20th century California history. He is also working on a family biography, based on the life of his great-grandfather.

Education

  • M.A. and Ph.D., History, University of Oklahoma
  • B.A., History and American Studies, University of Notre Dame

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William Bauer In The News

August 12, 2021
After the discovery of mass graves of Indigenous students in Canada, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced an investigation of Indian boarding schools in the U.S. Students of one such government-funded school in Nevada say that inquiry couldn't come soon enough.
August 11, 2021
After the discovery of mass graves of Indigenous students in Canada, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced an investigation of Indian boarding schools in the U.S. Students of one such government-funded school in Nevada say that inquiry couldn't come soon enough.
August 11, 2021
After the discovery of mass graves of Indigenous students in Canada, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced an investigation of Indian boarding schools in the U.S. Students of one such government-funded school in Nevada say that inquiry couldn't come soon enough.
August 10, 2021
William J. Bauer, Jr. is an enrolled citizen of the Round Valley Indian Tribes and Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the co-author, with history Professor Damon B. Akins, of the book We Are the Land: A History of Native California.

Articles Featuring William Bauer

Campus News | September 7, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.
Sarah Winnemucca and Rutherford B. Hayes
Campus News | September 29, 2016
Historian William Bauer chronicles the expeditions of American Indian leaders to Washington D.C. in a free public talk Oct. 5.
American flag with a shadow of a person
Campus News | August 16, 2016
Nine free public lectures are planned on campus to evoke conversation and facilitate understanding about the election process and related issues.
Portrait of William Bauer
Research | November 1, 2011
William J. Bauer Jr., UNLV history professor and enrolled tribal member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, tells the history of the people of the Round Valley Indian Reservation in their own words, painting a picture of cultural and socioeconomic perseverance.