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Jon Parmenter

Associate Professor

Office: 324 McGraw Hall
Fax: (607) 255-0469

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 11:30-1:00; or by appointment

Professor Parmenter has been selected as a team members for the 2012-2015 Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences theme project, "Contested Governance, Economy and Livelihoods on the Ground."


Fall 2015:
HIST 1581
America at War to 1898 Syllabus
HIST 2390
Seminar in Iroquois History Syllabus
Spring 2016:
HIST 2660
Everything You Know about Indians is Wrong: Unlearning Native American History Sample Syllabus
HIST 4662
Treaties and Indigenous Rights in North American History

Courses Taught:

History 1530: Introduction to American History I
History 2360: Native Peoples of the Northeast: Pre-Contact to the Present
History 2390: Seminar in Iroquois History
History 2660: Everything You Know About Indians is Wrong: Unlearning Native American History
History 3170: British-French North America, 1497-1823
History 4900: New World Encounters, 1500-1800
History 6270: Graduate Seminar in Early American History
History 6270: Graduate Seminar in Native American History


Ph.D University of Michigan, 1999
M.A. University of Western Ontario, 1993
B.A. University of Western Ontario, 1992

Recent Publications and Awards


The Edge of the Woods: Iroquoia, 1534-1701 (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, October 2010).


The Perils and Possibilities of Wartime Neutrality on the Edges of Empires: Iroquois and Acadians between the British and French in North America, 1744-60."  (coauthored with Mark P. Robison) Diplomatic History 31 (2007): 167-206.

"After the Mourning Wars: The Iroquois as Allies in Colonial North American Campaigns, 1676-1760." William and Mary Quarterly 64 (2007): 39-82.

"'L'Arbre de Paix': Eighteenth Century Franco-Iroquois Relations." French Colonial History 4 (2003): 63-80.

"Rethinking Penn's Treaty With the Indians: Benjamin West and the Legacy of Native-Settler Relations in Colonial Pennsylvania," Proteus: A Journal of Ideas 19 (Spring 2002): 38-44.

"Neutralité active des Iroquois durant la guerre de la Succession d'Austriche, 1744-1748 [The Active Neutrality of the Iroquois during the War of the Austrian Succession, 1744-1748]," trans. Michel Lavoie, Recherches Amérindiennes au Québec 32 (2002): 29-37.

"La politique du deuil: le factionalisme des Onontagués et la mort de Canasatego [The Politics of Mourning: Onondaga Factionalism and the Death of Canasatego]," trans. Françoise Neillon and Jean-Paul Salaün, Recherches Amérindiennes au Québec 29 (1999): 23-35.

"Pontiac's War: Forging New Links in the Anglo-Iroquois Covenant Chain, 1758-1766."  Ethnohistory 44 (1997): 617-54.


"In the Wake of Cartier: The Indigenous Context of Champlain's Activities in the St. Lawrence Valley and Upper Great Lakes, 1550-1635."  In Nancy Nahra, ed., When the French Were Here…And They're Still Here: Proceedings of the 2009 Champlain Quadricentennial Conference (Burlington, VT: Champlain College, 2010), 87-115.

'Onenwahatirighsi Sa Gentho Skaghnughtudigh': Reassessing Iroquois Relations with the Albany Commissioners of Indian Affairs, 1723-1755."  In Nancy Rhoden, ed., English Atlantics Revisited: Essays Honouring Professor Ian K. Steele (Montréal, QC, and Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007), 235-83.

"The Significance of the 'Illegal Fur Trade' to the Eighteenth Century Iroquois."  In Louise Johnston, ed., Aboriginal People and the Fur Trade: Proceedings of the 8th North America Fur Trade Conference, Akwesasne (Ottawa, ON, 2001), 40-47.

"The Iroquois and the Native American Struggle for the Ohio Valley, 1754-1794." In David C. Skaggs and Larry L. Nelson, eds. The Sixty Years' War for the Great Lakes, 1754-1814 (East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2001), 105-24.

"Dragging Canoe (Tsi'yu-gûnsi'ni): Chickamauga Cherokee Patriot."  In Ian K. Steele and Nancy Rhoden, eds.  The Human Tradition in Revolutionary America (Wilmington, DE:  Scholarly Resources Press, 2000), 117-37.

"Madame Montour: Cultural Broker on the Eighteenth-Century Frontiers of New York and Pennsylvania."  In Ian K. Steele and Nancy Rhoden, eds.  The Human Tradition in Colonial America (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources Press, 1999), 141-59.

"American Indians: British Policies," in Paul Finkelman, ed., Encyclopedia of the New American Nation (forthcoming, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2007).

"Native American Warfare," "Pontiac," "Little Turtle," "Black Hawk," "Indian Removal Policy." Entries in Richard Sisson, Christian Zacher, and Andrew Cayton, eds. The Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006), 1735-41, 1749, 1761-64.

"The Fur Trade."  Entry in Peter Eisenstadt et al, eds., The Encyclopedia of New York State (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2005), 614-15.

Contribution to "A Discussion of Scholarly Responsibilities to Indigenous Communities," ed. Joyce Ann Kievit, American Indian Quarterly 27 (2003): 41-45.

"Pontiac, Chief," "Quebec Act."  Entries in Peter Knight, ed., Conspiracy Theories in American History
(2 vols., Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press, 2003), 2: 587-89, 605-6.

"Warfare, Indian," "Wars with Indian Nations, Colonial Era to 1783."  Entries in Dictionary of American History (NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2002), vol. 8: 390-94, 395-99.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2007.
Gilder Lehrman Fellowship, New-York Historical Society, 2005-2006.
Robert L. Middlekauff Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, 2005.
Philips Fund Grant for Native American Research, American Philosophical Society,
Philadelphia, PA, 2004-2005.
Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Fellowship, New York State Archives
Partnership Trust, 2004-2005.

Other Links

American Historical Association
American Society for Ethnohistory
French Colonial Historical Society
New York State Archaeological Association
Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Organization of American Historians
Prof. Parmenter recently participated in an innovative digital historical documentary project entitled "Dead Reckoning: Champlain in America." View streaming video of excerpts from his interview at: