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Russell Thornton

Distinguished Professor

Contact Information

Email    rthornto@ucla.edu
Office  306 Haines
Phone  310-825-7080



Ph.D., Sociology, Florida State University (1968); Postdoctoral (Social Relations), Harvard University (1968-69); Postdoctoral (Demography), University of Southern California (1980)


College of Social Sciences Sesquicentennial Lecture, The Florida State University, 2001 

Distinguished Professorship, UCLA, 2004- 

The Hail Lecture (with Candace Greene), Brown University, 2007

Selected Publications

1986 We Shall Live Again: The 1870 and 1890 Ghost Dance Movements as Demographic Revitalization (Cambridge University Press). 

1987 American Indian Holocaust and Survival (University of Oklahoma Press). 

1990 The Cherokees: A Population History (University of Nebraska Press). 

1998 Editor. Studying Native America: Problems and Prospects (University of Wisconsin Press). 

2007 Co-editor with Candace S. Greene. The Year the Stars Fell: Lakota Winter Counts at the Smithsonian (University of Nebraska Press and the Smithsonian Institution).


American Indian historical demography, American Indian revitalization movements, American Indian winter counts, contemporary American Indian issues