Born and raised in Washington State, Dr. Joshua L Reid (registered member of the Snohomish Indian Nation) is an associate professor of American Indian Studies and the John Calhoun Smith Memorial Endowed Associate Professor of History at the University of Washington. He holds degrees from Yale University and the University of California, Davis, and is a three-time Ford Foundation Fellow. Yale University Press published his first book, The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs (2015) in the Henry Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity. It has received awards and acknowledgements from the Organization for American Historians, American Society for Ethnohistory, the Western History Association, and the North American Society for Oceanic History. Reid currently directs the university’s Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest and edits the Emil and Kathleen Sick Series on Western History and Biography with UW Press and the Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity. He serves on the editorial advisory board of the Pacific Northwest Quarterly, is a Distinguished Speaker for the Western History Association, and member of the board of the National Council for History Education. He is also the chair of program committees for the American Historical Association’s 2020 conference and the Western History Association’s 2019 conference. Reid currently researches Indigenous explorers in the Pacific, from the late eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century, and is completing an edited volume on Indigenous communities and violence.
Professor Reid's research interests include American Indians, identity formation, cultural meanings of space and place, the American and Canadian Wests, the environment, and the indigenous Pacific. He teaches courses on American Indian History, the American West, U.S. History, and Environmental History.
- "AHR Forum Introduction: Indigenous Agency and Colonial Law." American Historical Review 124.1 (February 2019): 20-27.
- "Indigenous-Anglo Interactions over Pacific Marine Space: Makahs, Maori, and the British Empire in the Pacific." In Facing Empire: Indigenous Experiences of Empire in a Revolutionary Age, eds. Kate Fullagar and Michael A. McDonnell. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.
- "From 'Fishing Together' to 'To Fish in Common With'": Makah Marine Waters and the Making of the Settler Commons in Washington Territory." Journal of the West 56.4 (Fall 2017): 48-56.
- The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs (New Haven, Yale University Press, 2015).
- “Indigenous Power in The Comanche Empire,” History and Theory, 52.1 (February 2013): 54-59.
- "Articulating a Traditional Future: Makah Sealers and Whalers, 1880-1999,” in Tribal Worlds, eds. Brian Hosmer and Larry Nesper (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2013), 163-184.
- “Professor Igloo Jimmie and Dr. Boombang Meet the Heathens: Indigenous Representations and the Geography of Empire at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition,” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 101.3/4 (Summer/Fall 2010): 109-125.
- “Marine Tenure of the Makah,” in Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment in Africa and North America, eds. David Gordon and Shepard Krech (Columbus: Ohio University Press, 2012), 243-258.
- "The Sea Is My Country" Receives Three Major Awards - September 28, 2016