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Benjamin Madley

Benjamin Madley is Assistant Professor of History at UCLA where he teaches American Indian history, United States history, and genocide in world history. Before joining the UCLA faculty, Ben was an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department and Native American Studies Program at Dartmouth. He completed a B.A. in History at Yale in 1994, an M.St.in History at Oxford in 1995, and a Ph.D. in History at Yale in 2009 under the supervision of Johnny Faragher and Ben Kiernan.

Ben writes about American Indians as well as colonial genocides in Africa, Australia, and Europe, often applying a transnational and comparative approach. His journal articles, book chapters, and documentary film participation include:

"The Genocide of California's Yana Indians" in Samuel Totten and Williams S. Parsons, eds., Centuries of Genocide: Essays and Eyewitness Accounts (New York: Routledge, 2012), 16-53.

"Tactics of Nineteenth Century Colonial Massacre: Tasmania, California and Beyond" in Philips G. Dwyer and Lyndall Ryan, eds., Theatres of Violence: Massacres, Mass Killing and Atrocity Throughout History (New York: Berghan Books, 2012), 110-125

"When 'The World Was Turned Upside Down': California and Oregon's Tolowa Indian Genocide, 1851-1856" in Adam Jones, ed., New Directions in Genocide Research (New York: Routledge, 2011), 170-196.

"California's Yuki Indians: Defining Genocide in Native American History," The Western Historical Quarterly 39:3 (Autumn 2008), 303-332.

"From Terror to Genocide: Britain's Tasmanian Penal Colony and Australia's History Wars," Journal of British Studies 47:1 (January 2008), 77-106.

"From Africa to Auschwitz: How German South West Africa incubated ideas and methods adopted and developed by the Nazis in Eastern Europe," European History Quarterly 35:3 (July 2005), 429-464.

"Patterns of Frontier Genocide, 1803-1910: The Aboriginal Tasmanians, the Yuki of California, and the Herero of Namibia," Journal of Genocide Research (June 2004), 167-192.

Namibia: Genocide and the Second Reich, a 60-minute BBC documentary (first aired December 7, 2004).

He is now transforming his dissertation, "American Genocide: The California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873," into a book for Yale University Press. Ben's current research explores Native American labor in the making of the western United States.