William S. Kiser, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History

Central Academic Building 313-J
Office (210) 784-2264
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Billy Kiser received his Ph.D. in 2016 from Arizona State University and currently teaches courses in U.S. history and the American West.  His research involves the 19th Century Southwest Borderlands, focusing on the Indian Wars, slavery and peonage, and the Civil War era.  He is the author of four books: Coast-to-Coast Empire:  Manifest Destiny and the New Mexico Borderlands (Oklahoma, 2018); Borderlands of Slavery:  The Struggle over Captivity and Peonage in the American Southwest (Pennsylvania, 2017); Dragoons in Apacheland:  Conquest and Resistance in Southern New Mexico, 1846-1861 (Oklahoma, 2013), and Turmoil on the Rio Grande:  The Territorial History of the Mesilla Valley, 1846-1865 (Texas A&M, 2011). 

Kiser’s next book, under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press, will deal with Civil War diplomacy in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.

Research Interests:
Southwest Borderlands
Native American
19th Century U.S.
Slavery in the West

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