Baligh Ben Taleb

Baligh Ben Taleb

Assistant Professor
History Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fulbright Scholar. ACLS Fellow
Location: EP 109
Office Hours:
Wed: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

At SF State Since: 

Spring 2023 


  •   Ph.D., History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  •   M.A., History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  •   B.A., English & American Studies, University of Tunis

Courses Taught:

  •   AIS 100: Introduction to American Indian Studies.
  •   AIS 150: American Indians in U.S. History.
  •   AIS 550: Contemporary American Indian History

Research interests:

  •   American Indian & Indigenous History
  •   North American West
  •   Settler Colonialism
  •   Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity
  •   Decolonization



Journal Article(s): Baligh Ben Taleb, “On the Difficulty of Reckoning with Settler Colonialisms: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives.” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Vol. 21 No. 1, (Spring 2020): 1-20.

Book Reviews:

Review, Lee M. Panich, “Narratives of Persistence Indigenous Negotiations of Colonialism in Alta and Baja California.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Vol. 45 No. 1, (2021).

Review, Raymond I. Orr, “Reservation Politics: Historical Trauma, Economic Development, and Intratribal Conflict.” American Indian Quarterly, Vol. 43 No. 3, (2019): 368-371.

Review, Kate Fullagar and Michael A. McDonnell (eds.), “Facing Empire: Indigenous Experiences in a Revolutionary Age.” Western Historical Quarterly, Vol. 50 No. 2, (2019): 164-165.

Review, Colleen Murphy, “The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice.” Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network, Columbia University, (2019).

Review, Hannah Holleman, “Dust Bowls of Empire: Imperialism, Environmental Politics, and the Injustice of “Green” Capitalism.” Great Plains Quarterly, Vol. 39 No. 4, (2019): 394-395.

Review, Katherine Ellinghaus, “Blood Will Tell: Native Americans and Assimilation Policy.” Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 87 No. 4 (2018): 718-719.

Review, Miranda Johnson, “The Land Is Our History: Indigeneity, Law, and the Settler State.” GreatPlains Research, Vol. 28 No. 2 (2018): 226-226.


Campus Service:

  •   Member, Selection Committee, The Graduate Council, College of Ethnic Studies, 2023-Present.
  •   Faculty Affiliate, The Race, Empowerment, and Justice Project, College of Ethnic Studies, 2023-Present.
  •   Member, Selection Committee, The Betty Parent Achievement Award, Department of American Indian Studies, 2022-2023.
  •   Department Representative, Tabling at Explore SF State, College of Ethnic Studies, 2023.


Honors & Awards:

  •   American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellowship, Outstanding Early-Career Humanistic scholar. The Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  •   Daythal L. Kendall Fellowship in Native American Studies, The American Philosophical Society, 2021-2022. (deferred to Summer 2023)
  •   Indian Rights Association Resident Research Fellowship, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2019-2020.
  •   Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship, The American Philosophical Society, 2019-2020.
  •   Phillips Fund for Native American Research, The American Philosophical Society, 2018-2019.
  •   Charles Redd Center Research Summer Grant for American Western History, Brigham Young University, 2018-2019.
  •   Dean’s Fellowship, Outstanding Academic Performance and Scholarly Promise, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017-2018.
  •   Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year, The Marguerite C. and Clare McPhee Memorial Fellowship, Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017-2018.
  •   Great Plains Affiliate Fellow, Center for Great Plains Studies, Lincoln, NE, 2021-Present.
  •   Center for Great Plains Studies Graduate Fellowship, UNL, 2016-2021.
  •   Fulbright Scholarship, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2009-2010.