The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Ryan Hall

University College Fellow

Office Location:  University College, Room A306


Ryan Hall is the University College Fellow in Early American History. His book manuscript, Blackfoot Country: The Indigenous Borderlands of the North American Fur Trade (forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press), examines Indigenous responses to the fur trade in what became the Alberta-Montana borderlands. More broadly, he is interested in understanding the process of colonialism in continental perspective, and in viewing early North American history beyond the confines of contemporary national borders.

Dr. Hall received his Ph.D. from Yale University, where he was awarded the 2015 Frederick Beinecke Prize for best dissertation in the history of the American West. He has received fellowships and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the International Council for Canadian Studies, and the Newberry Library’s Consortium in American Indian Studies, among others, and his articles have appeared in The Pacific Northwest Quarterly and Agricultural History. Dr. Hall is teaching “Early North American Borderlands” during the fall 2016 semester and “The History of Canadian-U.S. Relations” in the spring.