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Samuel L. Truett

  • Associate Professor
  • History

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Dr. Samuel L. Truett is an associate professor in the Department of History at The University of New Mexico. He offers a variety of courses for undergraduate and graduate level students, with topics primarily focused on borderlands history. He also works actively in western U.S. history, environmental history, transnational history, Native American History, Mexican history, and the history of empires and borderlands in global context. His current research extends from continental North America into the indigenous and trans-imperial spaces of the Indian Ocean, the China Seas, and the Pacific basin. In 2016, Truett was appointed to the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program. 


  • PhD in History, Yale University (1997)
  • MA in History, Yale University (1992)
  • BA in Anthropology, University of Arizona (1988)

Research Areas

  • Environmental History
  • Comparative Borderlands

Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico

Latin American Studies Courses

  • HIST 463/643 Hispanic Frontiers
  • HIST 300/500 Early American Borderlands
  • HIST 492 Seminar: Borderlands History
  • HIST 300/500 T: North American Borderlands
  • HIST 682 001 Seminar: American West

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*