Jose Antonio Brandao

Jose Antonio Brandao

José António Brandão

Dr. José António Brandão
Ph.D., York University (1994)
North American First Nations; Canada; Comparative Colonial

Office: (269) 387-4567

4434 Friedmann Hall

Mailing Address
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334


Dr. Brandão teaches courses on North American Native history in general, the history and culture of the Iroquoian linguistic group in particular, and on the history of Canada (especially New France) and of Colonial America.


Dr. Brandão specializes in the history of Northeastern North America to about 1783. His research focuses on Native-European relations in general, and upon the history, culture and interaction of the Iroquois Indians with their Native and European neighbours.

In addition to his position at Western Michigan University, Dr. Brandão is also co-director of the French Michilimackinac Research Project. The FMRP, a project of Mackinac State Historic Parks, aims at identifying and translating French language materials related to the early history of Michigan, especially of the Straits of Mackinac region.

Select Publications

"No Grants, No Travel, No Excuses: Researching and Writing Early North American History in the Digital Age." RiMe. Rivista dell 'Istituto di Storia dell "Europa Mediterranea, n. 4 giugno (2010):663-72.

(Co-author). “Suffering for Jesus: Penitential Practices at Fort St. Joseph (Niles, MI)
During the French Regime.” The Catholic Historical Review xciv, 3 (July 2008): 476-99.
 Reprinted in Fleuves, rivières et colonies. Le cas français (XVIIe-XIXe siècle), 271-90.
 Mickaël Augeron et Robert Duplessis, dir. Paris, French Colonial Historical Society/Les
 Indes Savantes, 2010.

(Co-editor and Co-translator). Edge of Empire: Documents of Michilimackinac, 1671-1715. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press,  2008.

(Co-author). “A Capsule Social and Material History of Fort St. Joseph (1691-1763) and Its Inhabitants.” French Colonial History 7 (2006): 61-75.

(Co-author). "`Some things may slip out of your memory and be forgot': The 1701 Deed and Map of Iroquois Hunting Territory Revisited." New York History (Fall 2005): 417-34.

"Native Contributions to Euroamerican Culture: Questioning the Paradigm." The European Review of Native American Studies, 18, 2 (2004): 43-46

(Co-author). "From the Mohawk-Mahican War to the Beaver Wars: Questioning the Pattern." Ethnothistory, 51, 4 (fall 2004): 725-70

Nation Iroquoise: A Seventeenth-Century Ethnography of the Iroquois. Edited by José António Brandão, Translated by José António Brandão with K. Janet Ritch. (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2003).

"Iroquois Expansion in the Seventeenth Century: A Review of Causes." European Review of Native American Studies, Dec. 2001.

"Forgotten Voices: Nineteenth-Century French Canadian Views of Iroquois-French Relations," in M. Behiels and M. Martel, eds., Nation, Ideas, Identities: Essays in Honour of Ramsay Cook (Oxford University Press, 2000).

"Your Fyre Shall Burn No More": Iroquois Policy Towards New France and Its Native Allies to 1701 (University of Nebraska Press, 1997; Paperback edition, 2000).

(Co-author). "The Treaties of 1701: A Triumph of Iroquois Diplomacy," Ethnohistory, 43 (Spring 1996).

(Co-author). My Country, Our History. (Pippin Publishing, 1995; 2nd Rev. Ed., 2002).


Department of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
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