Jeffrey D. Means

Department Chair & Associate Professor of History

portrait of UW History professor Jeff Means

Jeff Means (Enrolled Member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe) is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Wyoming in the field of Native American History.  He arrived in the fall of 2007 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.  His primary area of interest is Great Plains Indian culture and Colonial Cultural Encounters.  Oglala Lakota cultural history in the 18th and 19th century is his primary area of focus.  Jeff has won numerous academic awards and grants, including the first Power-Tanner Graduate Student Fellowship in American Indian Studies and the first NCAIS Faculty Fellowship at the Newberry Library, the Burlingame-Toole Award from the Montana Historical Society for the best Graduate student article for 2003, and the American Philosophical Society research grant.  He has also received research grants and awards from the University of Oklahoma, the University of Wyoming, and East Central University.  He has published articles and presented his work at conferences such as the PCB-AHA, the Western Historical Conference, and the American Society for Ethnohistory.  Jeff is currently working on his first book, which examines Oglala Lakota cultural transformations and cattle during the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

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Dr. Means' Curriculum Vitae (.pdf)



Jeffrey D. Means, "Indians shall do things in common": Oglala Lakota Identity and Economics During the Early Reservation Era, 1868-1889. Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Fall 2011, Volume 60, No. 3

Jeffrey D. Means, 2002, "Deconstructing Dependency: Osage Subsistence and United States Indian Policy, 1800-1830." Heritage of the Great Plains Journal, Volume XXXV, No. 1, 23-38

Jeffrey D. Means, From Buffalo to Beeves: Cattle and the Transformation of Oglala Lakota Culture, 1750-1920, Book manuscript under contract with University of Oklahoma Press



American Indian Studies Program (Adjunct Faculty and Advisory Council Board Member)


Affiliations, Associations, Memberships

Organization of American Historians

American Society for Ethnohistory

Western History Association

Native American & Indigenous Studies Association

Phi Alpha Theta, History Honors Society


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Phone: 307-766-5101


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