Akim Reinhardt, Ph.D.

Professor, History

Akim Reinhardt

Contact Info

LA 4235
Monday & Wednesday 12:00pm—12:30
Monday 3:30—4:00
Monday 6:40—7:10
Tuesday 2:00pm-4:00pm


Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2000

M.A., American History, Hunter College, City University of New York, 1995

B.A., East Asian History, University of Michigan, 1989

Areas of Expertise

Indigenous North America (Lakota)

Settler colonialism

The North American West


Akim Reinhardt joined Towson University’s history department in 2001.  He is currently researching Indigenous identity constructions in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Research Highlight

While on sabbatical in spring 2022, Professor Reinhardt traveled to several South Dakota archives, including Oglala Lakota College on Pine Ridge Reservation. His resulting work, which will be the focus of a future book, examines how Lakota society has defined and understood the role of mixed people or iyeška, which means translator, and how those definitions and understandings changed between the early 19th century and the 1970s. Read more.

Selected Publications

Welcome to the Oglala Nation: A Documentary Reader in Oglala Lakota Political History (University of Nebraska Press, 2015)

Ruling Pine Ridge: Oglala Politics from the IRA to Wounded Knee (Texas Tech, 2007)

Awards and Honors

Center for Great Plains Studies 2008 Book of the Year: Ruling Pine Ridge.


  • HIST 146: History of the United States Since the Civil War
  • HIST 379: Native American History to 1900
  • HIST 380: Native American History Since 1900
  • HONR 370: Native Women’s History
  • HUMA 617: Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and Decolonization