José António Brandão

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José António Brandão
Professor of History
(269) 387-4567
4434 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5334
Mailing address: 
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
Office hours: 

Monday 1:00pm-2:00pm; Wednesday 3:00pm-4:00pm; and by appointment

  • Ph.D., History, York University, 1994
Research interests: 
  • Native-European relations in general, and the history, culture and interaction of the Iroquois Indians with their Native and European neighbors
  • Colonial North America to 1783 with an emphasis on the history and culture of New France

Dr. Brandão is a professor in the Department of History at Western Michigan University. He 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. 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.

Dr Brandão is interviewed by Student Media Group.

Select Publications:

Brandão, J.A. Ed. and Trans. "Memoires of Michilimackinac and the Pays d'en Haut: Indians and French in the Upper Great Lakes at the Turn of the 18th Century." East Lansing/Mackinac Island: Michigan State University Press & Mackinac State Historic Parks, 2019.

Brandão, J.A. and Nassaney, M. "The Historical and Cultural Context of Fort St. Joseph" in M. Nassaney ed. Fort St. Joseph Revealed. 15-39. University of Florida Press, 2019.

"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." Ethnohistory, 51, 4 (fall 2004): 725-70

Nation Iroquois: 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).