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Prof Elliott West

The College is delighted to welcome Professor Elliott West, Alumni Distinguished Professor at the University of Arkansas, as Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at the University of Oxford for the academic year 2017-2018.

The annual Harmsworth Professorship makes Oxford unique amongst British universities, by enabling a distinguished American scholar to spend a year in Oxford teaching, conducting seminars, and pursuing research. Professor West is a specialist in the social and environmental history of the American West. He has twice been chosen as his university’s teacher of the year and, in 2009, he was one of three finalists for the Robert Foster Cherry Prize for the outstanding classroom teacher in the nation. He has written several books, including Growing Up With the Country: Childhood on the Far-Western Frontier (1989), The Way to the West: Essays on the Central Plains (1995), which received the Western Heritage Award, The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado (1998), which received five awards including the Francis Parkman Prize and PEN Center Award, and most recently, The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story (2009).