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Dr Jane Dinwoodie

Dr Jane Dinwoodie is a lecturer in Nineteenth-Century American History. 

Jane is currently at work on her first book, tentatively titled We Remain: Indian Non-Removal in the Nineteenth-century American South. This manuscript centres on Indian removal – a wave of federally-sponsored efforts to forcibly relocate Eastern Indigenous nations to lands west of the Mississippi River, which peaked following the Indian Removal Act of 1830 – and the thousands of individuals, families, and communities that successfully avoided it. By ranging across the region and its polities, We Remain tells the story of Indian non-removal in the South as a massive cross-regional phenomenon which affected not only Indigenous Southerners but also American officials, local residents, and continental dynamics of sovereignty, state development, and American empire.

Before coming to UCL, Jane was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge University, and an Advisory Council Dissertation Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her DPhil in History at Oxford University in 2017. Her research has been generously supported by a variety of associations, including the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Royal Historical Society, the American Society for Ethnohistory, and the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University. 

Major publications

  • Jane Dinwoodie, “The Long War: Sustaining Indigenous Communities and Contesting Sovereignties in the Civil War South” in Frank Towers and Jewel Spangler (eds.), Remaking North American Sovereignty: State Transformation in the 1860s (New York: Fordham University Press, 2020).

Teaching

  • The Disunited States: Contested Visions of America, 1775-1860 (Undergraduate Thematic Module)
  • Nations, Empires, and Homelands: Key Themes in Nineteenth-century Native American History (MA Module)