Growing up on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, Mikal Eckstrom’s academic work lives in the margins. His current academic work focuses on two marginalized groups: American Jews and American Indians in the North American West, 1850-1930. Spanning almost one hundred years, this work examines how immigrant Jews were part of a larger settler colonial schema in the North American West, and how allotment and intimate colonialism, shaped the relationship between American Jews and American Indians.
Prior to Lincoln, his thesis “Locating Lemkin: Historiography, Concepts, and the Problem of Genocide in the American West,” under the direction of Professor Taner Akcam and Amy Richter, received first departmental high honors at Clark University. Other academic work explored the role of female missionaries in Armenia and Nez Perce Country and the political machinations after the Paxton Massacre in pre-Revolutionary Pennsylvania under Wim Klooster and Janette Greenwood. In May 2015, University of North Carolina published a co-authored chapter entitled “Teaching American History as Settler Colonialism” in Why You Can’t Teach United States History Without American Indians.
Eckstrom has interned at the National Museum of the American Indian-Smithsonian in the Education Department in 2009 and worked on the Letters Project, a collection that contains over 3,000 items stemming from the Shoah.
At Clark, Mikal was a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholar, a Steinbrecher Fellow, and a recipient of the Belfer Fund for Scholars of Holocaust Studies. Now at University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Eckstrom is currently a graduate fellow at the Center for Great Plains Studies at UNL, a Sheldon Excellence in History Recipient, and received the Bernard and Audre Rapport Fellow at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.