Jeffrey P. Shepherd is associate professor of American Indian history and director of the PhD program in history at The University of Texas at El Paso. He has written several articles on indigenous economics, education, politics, culture, and identity. In the spring of 2008, the American Indian Quarterly published his article entitled "At the Crossroads of Hualapai History, Memory, and American Colonization: Contesting Space & Place." His book, We Are an Indian Nation: A History of the Hualapai People, was published in 2010 with the University of Arizona Press. For this research, he has received grants from the American Philosophical Society, the Max Millett Foundation for Graduate Research, the Fort McDowell Indian Nation, the Andrew H. Mellon Foundation, Texas Tech University, and Brigham Young University. Shepherd is presently working on several projects: a historical resource survey of the Guadalupe Mountains and National Park in West Texas and Southern New Mexico, funded by a multi-year grant from the National Park Service; a comparative analysis of indigenous peoples on the U.S.-Mexican and U.S.-Canadian borders, and a coedited book focusing on the impact of the militarization of the US-Mexico border on indigenous populations. He is also coeditor (with Myla Vicenti Carpio) of the series Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies, for the University of Arizona Press. Shepherd will discuss the Cuban missile crisis.