Marc Carpenter, PhD

Assistant Professor


History-Political Science

Marc smiling at the camera

Contact Information

701-252-3467 ext. 5640

Lyngstad 215

Office Hours

Monday: 2:30 – 5:00
Tuesday: By Appointment
Wednesday: 2:30 – 5:00
Thursday: By Appointment



Marc Carpenter is an educator, writer, and historian, specializing in American and Native American history. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, an M.A. from Penn State University, and a B.A. from Portland State University. In addition to history, he dabbles in game studies and game design. Before coming to Jamestown, he made his home in Eugene, OR; State College, PA; and Milwaukie, OR.

My Favorite Course to Teach

Whatever course seems to be sparking excitement and engagement in my students. But the classes that involve roleplaying key historical moments are a favorite.

Scholarly and Creative Works

  • Co-author with Marin Aurand. So the Future Will Have a Place: The First Century of Oregon State Parks. [forthcoming, Summer 2022].
  • “Naming a Killer: Elijah Bristow and Lane County’s History of Violence.” Lane County Historian Special Anthology [forthcoming, Fall 2022]
  • “Replaying Colonialism: Indigenous National Sovereignty and Its Limits in Strategic Videogames.” American Indian Quarterly 45:1, Winter 2021, pp. 33 – 55.
  • “‘Two Sides of the Same Story’: Colonial Violence and Erasure in the University of Oregon’s (Fallen) Pioneer Statues.” Center for the Study of Women and Society Annual Review 11, Fall 2020, pp. 30 – 33.
  • “Pioneer Problems: ‘Wanton Murder,’ Indian War Veterans, and Oregon’s Violent History.” Oregon Historical Quarterly 121:2, Summer 2020, pp. 64 – 93.
  • “ʻJustice and Fair Play for the American Indian’: Harry Lane, Robert Hamilton, and a Vision of Native American Modernity.” Pacific Historical Review 87:2, Spring 2018, pp. 305 – 332.
  • Co-editor with Gregory P. Shine. Revealing Our Past: A History of Nineteenth-Century Vancouver Barracks through 25 Objects. National Park Service, 2013.

Awards and Grants

2020 – 2021

Charles A. Reed Graduate Fellowship, University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences.

New York Historical Society Fellowship. [Suspended due to Covid]

2019 – 2020 
Oregon Humanities Center Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Oregon.

James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowship, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Washington University.

Oregon Heritage Fellowship, State of Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation.

Mazie Giustina Fund for Women in the Northwest Research Grant, University of Oregon Center for the Study of Women and Society.

Donald J. Sterling, Jr. Graduate Fellowship in Pacific Northwest History, Oregon Historical Society.

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • American Historical Association
  • Western History Association
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
  • American Society for Environmental History
  • Reacting to the Past Consortium