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Paul C. Rosier, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova , PA, US

Paul C. Rosier, PhD

Professor of History; Director, Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Villanova University


Paul C. Rosier, PhD, is an expert in American history, global environmental history, and American environmental history.



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Areas of Expertise (7)


Sustainability Studies

Global Environmental History

American History

American Environmental History

History of American Capitalism

Native American History


Paul Rosier is a Professor of History and the Director of the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, which is founded on the belief that historical scholarship and historical perspective are central when examining contemporary global issues.

Education (2)

The University of Rochester: PhD

Hobart College: BA

Select Accomplishments (3)

Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award (professional)

for Serving Their Country: American Indian Politics and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century

John Topham and Susan Redd Butler Faculty Research Award


2007 Arrell Gibson Award

Western History Association, Best Essay on the History of Native Americans

Select Media Appearances (1)

'Words matter': The complicated language of mass shootings, killings, and massacres

Philadelphia Daily News  


Ruth Cankudutawin Hopkins was still awake late Sunday, Oct. 1, when the social media reports about a shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas first appeared. She knew it would be terrible. And sure enough, the next day came the headlines: “The deadliest mass shooting in American history.” … Said Paul C. Rosier, a history professor at Villanova University: “All nations like to read a positive history [of themselves]. History’s job is to complicate the narrative.”

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Research Grants (3)

Native American Research Grant

American Philosophical Society Phillips Fund 


Summer Research Fellowship/Summer Research Grant

Villanova University 

2013, 2010

Summer Stipend

National Endowment for the Humanities 


Select Academic Articles (2)

Crossing New Boundaries: American Indians and Twentieth Century U.S. Foreign Policy

Diplomatic History

Paul C. Rosier

2015 In a 1975 essay entitled “The American Indians and United States Diplomatic History,” Arthur N. Gilbert observed that “domestic historians pushed Indians into footnotes and appendices secure in the knowledge that they would be treated better by those who study foreign policy. Diplomatic historians could ignore Indians by claiming that they were essentially an internal problem. The former insisted that Indians are nations, the latter that they were a domestic issue.” But Gilbert argued that it is precisely “because Indian affairs are in the grey area between domestic and foreign that there are so many significant issues of a diplomatic nature to examine.”

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“Modern America Desperately Needs to Listen”: The Emerging Indian in an Age of Environmental Crisis

Journal of American History

Paul C. Rosier

2013 On January 28, 1969, Union Oil Company's Alpha Platform exploded six miles off the coast of southern California. Three million gallons of crude oil escaped into the Pacific Ocean before workers capped the leak eleven days later. Americans across the country watched televised images of thick waves of oil smothering pristine beaches and suffocating seabirds, dolphins, and sea lions. Six months later the Cuyahoga River caught fire in Ohio, providing further visual and visceral evidence of trouble beyond the political assassinations, urban riots, and intractable war in Vietnam that had shaken the nation.

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