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Peter Iverson


Regents and Emeritus Professor Peter Iverson wrote for decades about the American West. His primary area of research is American Indian history in the 20th and 21st centuries, with Navajo history at the core of his research and teaching. He passed away in February of 2021.

Iverson began his teaching career at Diné (Navajo Community College) in Many Farms on the Navajo Nation (1969-1972) and went on to serve as a visiting assistant professor (1975-1976) and assistant professor (1976-1981) at Arizona State University. He accepted a position as an associate professor at the University of Wyoming in 1981 and was promoted to full professor in 1984. Iverson returned to Arizona in 1986, where he served as program director at Arizona State University's West campus (1986-1988) and then as a professor of history (1988-). He has also worked as Anderson Visiting Professor of American Studies at Carleton College (1991) and as acting director of the McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library (1994-1995). Iverson became Regents Professor of history at Arizona State University on February 8, 2000.


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1975

  • AnCita Benally, Peter Iverson. Finding History. Western Historical Quarterly (2005).
  • . . Review of: The Anguish of Snails: Native American Folklore in the West (2005).
  • Peter Iverson. American Indian History as a Continuing Story. The Historian (2004).
  • Iverson, Peter. 'For Our Navajo People': Diné Letters, Speeches, and Petitions, 1900-1960. (2004).
  • Iverson, Peter (Author) . American Indians in the 20th Century. A Companion to the American West (2004).
  • Peter Iverson. Foreword. Treasures of the Navajo Horsemen: Historic Saddle Blankets From the Getzwiller Collection (2003).
  • Peter Iverson. Four Legged Beings: Native Culture and the Horse. Native Peoples (2003).
  • Myla Carpio, Peter Iverson. 'The Inalienable Right to Govern Ourselves': Wendell Chino and the Struggle For Self-Determination in Modern New Mexico. New Mexico Lives: Profiles and Historical Stories (2002).
  • Peter Iverson. Foreword. Chronology of the American West: From 23,000 B.C.E. Through the 20th Century (2002).
  • Iverson, Peter. Diné: A History of the Navajos. (2002).
  • Iverson, Peter. For Our Navajo People: Diné Letters, Speeches, and Petitions, 1900-1960. (2002).
  • Iverson, Peter (Author) ,Vicenti Carpio, Myla (Author) . 'The Inalienable Right to Govern Ourselves' Wendell Chino and the Struggle for Self-Determination in Modern New Mexico. New Mexican Lives (2002).
  • Peter Iverson. It's Time for Arizona to Grow Up. Arizona Republic (2001).
  • Peter Iverson. The Road to Reappearance: Indian History Since 1890. Mntana: The Magazine of Western History (2001).
  • Hurtado, Albert, Iverson, Peter. Major Problems in American Indian History. (2001).
  • Iverson, Peter. Carlos Montezuma and the Changing World of American Indians. (2001).
  • Hurtado, Albert L, Iverson, Peter. Major Problems in American Indian History. (2001).
Research Activity: 
  • Iverson,Peter*. NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES FELLOWSHIP. NEH(8/16/1999 - 5/15/2000).
  • Iverson, Peter. 'Our Future is Burning Bright': American Indian History as a Continuing Story. Symposium in Honor of Wilma Mankiller (Oklahoma Cherokee leader), University of Oklahoma (May 2005).
  • Iverson, Peter. New Perspectives on Navajo History.
  • Navajo Studies Conference Board, Membes of this board help plan a significant multidisciplinary conference and work to support greater appreciation of Navajo history and heritage (2003 - 2006)
  • Western History Association, President (2004 - 2005)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Member of Review Panel, Documentary Film Proposals (2005 - 2005)
  • Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Editorial Board Member (1994 - 2003)
  • Academic Council, Member (2003)
  • Graduate Studies, Dept. of History, Director (2003)
  • H-AmIndian (part of H-Net), Member (2003)
  • Navajo Studies Conference Board, Elected member (2003)
  • Newberry Library McNickle Center for American Indian History, National Advisory Board (2003)
  • Search Committee, American West, Chair (2003)
  • Search Committee, Chair, American Indian Studies, Member (2003)
  • Search Committee, Provost's Initiative in Border Studies, Member (2003)
  • West Campus Search Committee, American Indian Cultures, Member (2003)
  • Western Historical Quarterly, Editorial Board (2003)