Dr. John R. Gram


Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, United States History, 2012, Southern Methodist University
  • MA, History, 2006, Southern Methodist University
  • BA, History, 2003, Southern Methodist University
  • BA, International Studies, 2003, Southern Methodist University


  • HST 121: US History to 1877
  • HST 122: US History Since 1877
  • HST 210: Introduction to Historical Research and Writing
  • HST 509: Native American History

Professional experience

Dr. Gram’s research and teaching interests focus on the political, social, and cultural consequences of US expansion during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His current research agenda examines the process of indigenous identity formation under the pressures of settler colonialism, as well as the processes by which the United States incorporated frontier and borderland regions.

Selected publications

  • Education At the Edge of Empire: Negotiating Pueblo Identity in New Mexico’s Indian Boarding Schools (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015)
  • “The Consequences of Competition: Federal Boarding Schools, Competing Institutions, Pueblo Communities, and the Fight to Control the Flow of Pueblo Students, 1881-1928” History of Education Quarterly, Vol 55:4 (November 2015), 460-487
  • “Acting Out Assimilation: Playing Indian and Becoming American in the Federal Indian Boarding Schools” American Indian Quarterly, Vol 40:3 (Summer 2016), 251-273