Bradley Dixon

Bradley Dixon

Assistant Professor

(901) 678-3869 (email preferred)
(901) 678-2720
Mitchell Hall 129
Office Hours
Spring 2022: Mondays and Thursdays 3:15-4:45 pm, ZOOM


Ph.D., University of Texas, 2018

Fields of Interest

Native America, Early America, Atlantic History, Spanish Borderlands, Comparative Empires

Courses taught

American History to 1877 (HIST 2010)

North American First Peoples (HIST 3941)

Early North America to 1754 / Lost Empires of Early North America (HIST 4620/6620)

Chucalissa: A Global History of a Native Town (HIST 3000)

Representative Publications 

Masters, Adrian and Bradley Dixon. “Indigenous Petitioning in the Early Modern British and Spanish New World: Chasing Patterns, Divergences, and Avenues of Future Research.” In Petitioning in the Atlantic World: Continuities and Change in Political Representation. Miguel Dantas da Cruz, editor New York: Palgrave MacMillan, accepted, 2021.

Dixon, Brad. "'his one Netev ples': The Chowans and the Politics of Indian Petitioning in the Colonial South." The William & Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., vol. 76, no. 1 (Jan., 2019): 41-74. Winner of the 2020 Richard L. Morton Award from the Omohundro Institute.

Representative Conferences

“for my services and for those of my father”: Southeastern Native Petitions as Histories, 1600-1715,” Renaissance Society of America Conference, Dublin, Ireland, March 31, 2022.

“‘grant us all our former Rights & priveledges’: Native American Petitioners and the Politics of Empire in the Early American South,” Southern Historical Association Conference, November 2021.

"The Weight: Native Burdeners and the Entangled Politics of the Early South," American
Society for Ethnohistory Conference, accepted, September 27, 2019

"'Wretched Vassals' and 'True Subjects': Apalachee and Chickahominy Petitioners in a Colonial World," Rethinking the Practice of Petitioning in the Habsburg and Colonial World, Harvard University, May 25, 2019


Undergraduate Studies Committee, History Department

Current projects

Dixon, Bradley. Republic of Indians: Empires of Indigenous Law in the Early American South. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, under contract.