Jeff Fortney, a Postdoctoral Fellow, received his B.A. from University of North Texas in 2007, M.A. from University of North Texas in 2009, and Ph.D. from University of Oklahoma in 2014. He joined the History Department at CMU in 2014.
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Research and Teaching Interests
Jeff Fortney specializes in nineteenth-century U.S. history. His specific research and teaching interests include Native American history, Civil War history, and the history of race and slavery in North America. His current manuscript project examines the life of Robert M. Jones, a Choctaw slave owner, entrepreneur, and diplomat. Because Jones played a vital role in shaping Choctaw nationhood and Choctaw-U.S. relations from the 1830s through the 1870s, his life sheds light on the broader, overlapping developments in Native America and United States history. Fortney also teaches courses in U.S. history, Native American history, the Civil War and Reconstruction Era, and Race in the U.S.