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William Bauer

Director, American Indian & Indigenous Studies; Professor, Department of History



William (Willy) Bauer is a professor of history and a citizen of 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 American Indian history, the history of American Indian gaming and the American West. He is also UNLV's faculty liaison to the Newberry Library's Consortium on American Indian Studies.

Bauer is the author of California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History (University of Washington Press, 2016) and "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 edited the third edition of Major Problems in American Indian History (Cengage, 2015) and 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, 2014).

Bauer is currently writing a history of California Indians and working on a family biography, based on the life of his great-grandfather.

Expert Areas

  • American Indian History
  • California History
  • American West to 1849