Juliana Barr

Juliana Barr

Associate Professor in the Department of History


Associate Professor Juliana Barr received her M.A. and Ph.D. (1999) in American women’s history from the University of Wisconsin Madison and her B.A. (1988) from the University of Texas at Austin. She joined the Duke University Department of History in 2015 after teaching at Rutgers University and the University of Florida. She specializes in the history of early America, the Spanish Borderlands, American Indians, and women and gender. Her book, Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2007. She is currently at work on a new book, “La Dama Azul (The Lady in Blue): A Southwestern Origin Story for Early America.”

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1999

Selected Grants

Barr NHC Fellowship awarded by National Humanities Center (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019

La Dama Azul: A Southwestern Origin Story for Colonial America awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

Sleeper-Smith, Susan, Juliana Barr, Jean M. O’Brien, and Nancy Shoemaker. Why You Can't Teach United States History without American Indians. UNC Press Books, 2015.

Barr, Juliana, and Edward Countryman. Contested Spaces of Early America. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.

Barr, Juliana. “The English Frontier in North America.” Reviews in American History. Project Muse, 2012. https://doi.org/10.1353/rah.2012.0087. Full Text

Barr, J. “Review of War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War by Brian DeLay.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press), 2010.

Barr, J. “Review of The Comanche Empire by Pekka Hämäläinen.” Pacific Historical Review. University of California Press, 2009.

Barr, J. “Review of A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca by Andrés Reséndez.” The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter American Cultural History, 2009.


Barr, J. “From Captives to Slaves: Commodifying Indian Women in the Borderlands.” In Journal of American History AP U.S. History Anthology, edited by J. Stacy and J. Sabathne, Vol. 2. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Barr, J. “Borders and Borderlands.” In Why You Can’t Teach U.S. History without American Indians, edited by S. Sleeper-Smith, J. M. O’Brien, N. Shoemaker, S. Stevens, and J. Barr. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Barr, J. “An Indian Language of Politics in the Land of the Tejas.” In Major Problems in Texas History, edited by S. W. Haynes and C. D. Wintz. New York: Cengage Learning, 2015.

Barr, J. “Captivity, Native Americans.” In The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History, edited by J. C. Miller, V. Brown, J. Cañizares-Esguerra, L. Dubois, and K. O. Kupperman. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014.

Barr, J. “Indian Women Who ‘Carry Gallantry Still Further Than the Men’: A Barometer of Power in 18th-Century Texas.” In Texas Women/American Women: Their Lives and Times, edited by S. Cole, R. Sharpless, and E. Turner. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2014.

Barr, J. “A Diplomacy of Gender: Rituals of First Contact in the “Land of the Tejas.” In Early North America in Global Perspective, edited by P. D. Morgan and M. A. Warsh. New York: Routledge, 2013.

Barr, J. “The Colonial Sun Belt: St. Augustine to Santa Fe.” In Major Problems in American Colonial History, edited by K. O. Kupperman. New York: Cengage Learming, 2011.

Barr, J. “A Spectrum of Indian Bondage in Spanish Texas.” In Indian Slavery in Colonial America, edited by A. Gallay, 277–318. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.

Barr, J. “From Captives to Slaves: Commodifying Indian Women in the Borderlands.” In The Best American History Essays 2007, edited by J. Jones, 13–46. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Barr, J. “A Diplomacy of Gender: Rituals of First Contact in the 'Land of the Tejas'.” In American Encounters: Natives and Newcomers from European Contact to Indian Removal, 1500-1850, edited by P. C. Mancall and J. H. Merrell, 393–426. New York: Routledge, 2007.


Barr, Juliana. “The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast.” William and Mary Quarterly 74, no. 2 (April 2017): 365–68.

Juliana Barr, Nancy. “The Red Continent and the Cant of the Coastline.” The William and Mary Quarterly 69, no. 3 (2012): 521–521. https://doi.org/10.5309/willmaryquar.69.3.0521. Full Text

Barr, J. “Beyond the "Atlantic World": Early American History as Viewed from the West.” Oah Magazine of History 25, no. 1 (January 1, 2011): 13–18. https://doi.org/10.1093/oahmag/oaq001. Full Text

Barr, J. “How Do You Get from Jamestown to Santa Fe? A Colonial Sun Belt.” The Journal of Southern History 73, no. August (2007): 553–66.

Barr, Juliana. “From Captives to Slaves: Commodifying Indian Women in the Borderlands.” Journal of American History 92, no. 1 (June 1, 2005): 19–19. https://doi.org/10.2307/3660524. Full Text

Barr, J. “A Diplomacy of Gender: Rituals of First Contact in the “Land of the Tejas.” The William and Mary Quarterly 61, no. July (2004): 393–434.

Spring 2020

North America To 1760 (HISTORY 336)
Social Sciences 124, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
American Indians Since 1806 (HISTORY 373)
Languages 211, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Fall 2019

American Indians To 1815 (HISTORY 355)
East Duke 204B, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Rsch Top Methods & Theory (HISTORY 890S-13)
Class Bldg 229, F 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Spring 2018

American Indians Since 1806 (HISTORY 373)
Carr 114, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
North American History (Top) (HISTORY 790S-04)
Friedl Bdg 118, M 06:15 PM-08:45 PM

Fall 2017

North America To 1760 (HISTORY 336)
Carr 103, W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
American Indians To 1815 (HISTORY 355)
East Duke 204D, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Spring 2017

American Indians Since 1806 (HISTORY 407)
Languages 207, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Fall 2016

American Indians To 1815 (HISTORY 406)
Crowell 108, WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM