Samuel Truett

    Associate Professor, History
    Director, Center for the Southwest

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Dr. Samuel L. Truett teaches 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. Known best for his work in borderlands history, he also works actively in western US 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. He has been a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Tampere, Finland, and has held major fellowships at the Huntington Library, John Carter Brown Library, Newberry Library, and the Institut d’Etudes Avancées in Nantes, France.  In 2016, Truett was appointed to the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program. He is the Secretary and incoming Chair, Borderlands Committee of the Conference on Latin American History.


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

Research Areas

  • Comparative (Global) Borderlands Histories
  • Environmental History
  • Indigenous Histories of the US Southwest and Mexico
  • North American Expansion and Borderlands

Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • US-Mexico Border
  • US Southwest

Latin American Studies Courses

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

  • HIST 463/643 Hispanic Frontiers
  • HIST 300/500 Early American Borderlands
  • HIST 492 Seminar: Borderlands History
  • HIST 464/644 U.S.-Mexico Borderlands