Russell Thornton

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Russell Thornton

Distinguished Research Professor & Professor Emeritus

Office: 318A Haines Hall


Phone: 310-825-7080

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Research Interests:

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


Sociocultural Anthropology


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).

Awards & Grants

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

Distinguished Professorship, UCLA, 2004-

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


Ph.D., Sociology, Florida State University (1968)

Postdoctoral (Social Relations), Harvard University (1968-69)

Postdoctoral (Demography), University of Southern California (1980)