John R. Legg

John R. Legg

John R. Legg

Graduate Research Assistant

U.S. History: Native American History, Digital and Public History, Spatial History, Refugee Studies

John R. Legg researches Native American mobility during the nineteenth century, focusing on how Dakota people traversed the U.S.-Canadian border with strategic purpose and survival before, during, and after the U.S.-Dakota War in Minnesota. This research will contribute to a burgeoning approach to center Indigenous perspectives into the history of the Dakota War beyond its standard chronology, geography, and thematic interpretations.

Legg’s research has been supported by the Western History Association, the American Society for Ethnohistory, the American Civil War Museum (Richmond, VA), Virginia Tech’s Center for Peace Justice and Violence Prevention, Virginia Tech’s Center for Civil War Studies, and the Northern Great Plains History Association. He’s also received unfunded support by the Newberry Library as a “Visiting Scholar” during Summer 2021.

Legg holds a B.A. in History from Middle Georgia State University in Macon, Georgia and a M.A. in History (with a Public History Certificate) from Virginia Tech. He’s currently a Ph.D. Student at George Mason University. He recently passed comprehensive exams and has started working towards advancing over Summer 2022. Legg serves as Book Review Editor for H-CivWar and Affiliate Editor for the National Council on Public History’s History@Work publication.

Selected Publications

"Searching for Indigeneity in The Oregon Trail," in Patrick A. Lewis and James "Trae" Welborn III, eds, Playing at War: Identity and Memory in American Civil War Video Games (LSU Press, forthcoming). 

"Indigenous and Settler Violence during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era: A Microsyllabus," The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (online and print, forthcoming Summer 2021).

“The Sioux Wars (1853-1890),” in Political Violence in America: Historical Flashpoints and Modern-Day Trends, edited by Lori Cox Han and Tomislav Han, ABC-CLIO, manuscript submitted to press.

"White Lies, Native Revisions: The Legacy of Violence in the American West,” Great Plains Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 2 (Fall, 2019): 331-340.

Grants and Fellowships

Newberry Library, Visiting Scholar, Chicago, Illinois, May-June, 2021.


MA, Virginia Tech (May 2020)

BA, Middle Georgia State University (Dec. 2017)

Graduate Cert. in Public History, Virginia Tech (May 2020)