Field: North American West, Borderlands, Indigenous History, Genocide Studies

Contact Info:
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(801) 422-9181​

 Current Classes:​

  • ​​HIST 221: The United States Since 1877


Brenden W. Rensink (Ph.D. Nebraska, 2010) is the Assistant Director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies and an Assistant Professor of History. Before joining BYU faculty, he was an historian and editor for the Joseph Smith Papers, and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  He is the co-author of The Historical Dictionary of the American Frontier (Rowman Littlefield, 2015), co-editor of the forthcoming Joseph Smith Papers, Documents Vol. 4 and Vol. 6, and author of the forthcoming Native but Foreign: Transnational Cree, Chippewa and Yaqui Refugees and Immigrants in the U.S-Canadian and U.S.-Mexican Borderlands, 1880-present (Texas A&M Press, forthcoming). For digital access to journal articles, anthology chapters and other publications by Dr. Rensink, see