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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

Current Courses by Term

2020 Spring Quarter

Anthros and Indians: Racism, Colonialism, and Development of Anthropology in America