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Dr. Linda Clemmons

Professor
Honors Program
Office
Schroeder Hall - SCH 211
Office Hours
Via zoom or at the Honors Program Building, 11:00-12:00 Mon/Wed. Also, before and after class and anytime if you email me first! Appointments may be set up by emailing me: lmclemm@ilstu
  • About
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Current Courses

102.017Honors Mindset Seminar

310.001Native American History

Teaching Interests & Areas

Professor Clemmons is an expert on the U.S. antebellum period and on Native Americans and teaches courses in these areas. Her manuscript, The Conflicted Mission, was published by Minnesota Historical Society Press in Spring, 2014. She received a Newberry Library post-doctoral Spencer Foundation Fellowship in the History of Education.

Research Interests & Areas

U.S. Antebellum & Native American History

Ph D History

University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign

MA History

University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign

BA History, Psychology

University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign

Influential and Inspirational History Faculty Member

History Department
2021

Influential and Inspirational History Faculty Member

History Department
2021

John Gjerde Prize

Midwestern History Association
2020

Benjamin F. Shambaugh Published Book Award

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
2020

Influential and Inspirational History Faculty Member

History Department
2020

Outstanding College Researcher in the Social Sciences

Illinois State University
2020

Winner of the 2019 Mildred Throne–Charles Aldrich Award Honorable Mention

The State Historical Society of Iowa Board of Trustees.
2019

Judith Lee Ridge Prize for best article in Western history

Western Association of Women Historians
2017

Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize for best article in church history

Church History Society
2017

Frank and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize

American Society for Church History
2015

Book Review

Clemmons, L. Committed: Remembering Native Kinship in the beyond Institutions. The Annals of Iowa 81.1 (2022): 93-94.
Clemmons, L. David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee. Teaching History 46.1 (2021): 40-41.
Clemmons, L. Gary Clayton Anderson, Massacre in Minnesota: The Dakota War of 1862, the Most Violent Ethnic Conflict in American History. The Annals of Iowa 79.4 (2020): 380-82.
Clemmons, L. Jennifer Graber, The Gods of Indian Country: Religion and the Struggle of the American West. Church History 89.1 (2020): 211-213.
Clemmons, L. Pekka Hamalainen, Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power. The Journal of Military History 84.3 (2020): 883-84.

Book, Authored

Clemmons, L. Dakota Exile: The Forgotten Stories of Captives in the Aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War,. University of Iowa Press (2019)
Clemmons, L. Conflicted Mission: Faith, Disputes, and Deception on the Dakota Frontier. Minnesota Historical Society Press (2014)

Book, Chapter

“‘[B]usiness is business even if we are Christians’: The Politics of Grant’s Peace Policy in Dakota Territory, 1870-1880,” in Jon K. Lauck, John E. Miller, and Paula M. Nelson, eds., The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture, vol. 3 (South Dakota Historical Society Press, 2018)
Clemmons, L. Chapter 1--"First Civilizations". Top Hat Publishers (2016)
Clemmons, L. Chapter 2--"Cultural Collision". Top Hat Publishing (2016)
Clemmons, L. Chapter 3--"British Forays into Colonization, 1500-1680". Top Hat Publishers (2016)

Encyclopedia

“Reservations,” (1250 words), in Edward J. Blum, ed. America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History. 2 vols. Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2016.
Clemmons, L. Various Entries to the Encyclopedia of United States-American Indian Policy, Relations, and Law. Encyclopedia of United States-American Indian Policy, Relations, and Law. CQ Press (2008)

Journal Article

Clemmons, L. ‘Substitutes in the Army of the Lord:' Missionary Parents, their Children, and the Conflicted Nature of Missionary Work. South Dakota History 51.2 (2021): 166-195.
Clemmons, L. “‘A People of Persistence:’ The Evolving Historiography of Indigenous Midwests”. Middle West Review 5.2 (2019): 9-15.
“‘The young folks [want] to go in and see the Indians’: Davenport Citizens, Protestant Missionaries, and Dakota Prisoners of War, 1863-1866,” The Annals of Iowa 77:2 (Spring 2018): 121-150
Clemmons, L. "We are Writing this letter seeking your help": Dakotas, ABCFM Missionaries, and Their Uses of Literacy, 1863-1866. Western Historical Quarterly 47.2 (2016): 183-209.
Clemmons, L. “‘Leagued Together’: Adapting Traditional Forms of Resistance to Protest ABCFM Missionaries and the Treaty of 1837. South Dakota History 37.2 (2007): 95-124.

Textbook, Revised

Clemmons, L. US History I & II : A Top Hat Interactive Text. Top Hat Publishers (2020)

Presentations

"The Dakota Nation Confronts American Colonialism: Dakota Resistance and Perseverance in the Early American Republic.". SHEAR (Society Historians of the Early American Republic). SHEAR. (2021)
The Indigenous Food Movement. 2020 ISU History Teaching Symposium. ISU History Department. (2020)
Chair of session. Annual Conference on Illinois History. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. (2019)
Dakota Uses of Christianity Following the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Fifth Annual Midwestern History Conference. (2019)
Dakota in Exile: Stories of Trauma and Survival in Davenport, Iowa. Simpson College. Iowa History Center Speaker Series. (2019)
The Young Folks want to go see the Indians. ISU. (2017)
“‘The young folks [want] to go in and see the Indians’: Davenport Citizens, the. Third Annual Midwestern History Conference. (2017)
Dakotas, ABCFM Missionaries, and Conflicting uses of Literacy, 1863-1866. Second Annual Midwestern History Conference. Midwestern History Association. (2016)
Culturally Empowered, Civically Engaged. CTLT Annual University-Wide Symposium on Teaching and Learning. CTLT. (2015)
Dakota Prisoners in Davenport and their Uses of Literacy. History Camp Iowa. Iowa Historical Society. (2015)

Grants & Contracts

Faculty Research Award. Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2021)
Summer Faculty Fellowship. Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2017)
Faculty Research Award. Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2015)
State Historical Society of Iowa Research Grant. State Historical Society of Iowa. State. (2015)
Spencer Fellowship. Newberry Library, Chicago. Private. (2000)