Dr. Andrew Offenburger


Assistant Professor of History

Room 236 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
513 529 5137

Affiliate of Global and Intercultural Studies (American Studies)


  • PhD Yale University
  • MA Yale University
  • BA Buena Vista University

Teaching and Research Interests

  • American West
  • Borderlands
  • Comparative frontiers

Courses Recently Taught

  • HST 112 Survey of U.S. History II
  • HST 400.7 Senior Capstone: Honors

Selected Publications

  • "Frontiers in the Gilded Age: Adventure, Capitalism, and Dispossession from Southern Africa to the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands, 1880-1917"(New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019)
  • “Fall of the House of Keller: ‘Empire’ and Revolution in Baja California, 1910-1940,” Pacific Historical Review (forthcoming [2021])
  • “U.S. Expansion and the Creation of the ‘Middle West’ in the Nineteenth Century,” in Jon K. Lauck, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Midwestern History (Oxford: Oxford University Press) (forthcoming [2021])
  • “Millenarianism in Iowa and the Eastern Cape: Thinking throughField of Dreams and the Xhosa Cattle-Killing Movement,” English Studies in Africa 61, no. 1 (2018)
  • "Outlanders and Inlanders: Boer Immigration to the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands, 1902-1905" in Brian Cannon and Jessie Embry, eds., Immigrants in the Far West: Historical Identities and Experiences, University of Utah Press, 2015
  • "Cultural Imperialism and the Romanticized Frontier: From South Africa and Great Britain to New Mexico's Mesilla Valley," Amerikastudien / American Studies 59, no. 4, 2014
  • "When the West Turned South: Making Home Lands in Revolutionary Sonora," Western Historical Quarterly 45, no. 3, 2014
  • "The Xhosa Cattle-Killing Movement in History and Literature," History Compass 7, no. 6, 2009
  • "Smallpox and Epidemic Threat in Nineteenth-Century Xhosaland," African Studies 67, no. 2, 2008

Selected Grants and Awards

Frederick W. Beinecke Prize for an outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field of Western American History, Yale University, 2014.
Bert M. Fireman Award, Western History Association, for the best student article published in the Western Historical Quarterly each year, as judged by the editors of the WHQ, 2014

Work in Progress 

Dr. Offenburger's current manuscript examines how the Mexican North became "the next frontier" for many Americans between 1880 and 1920, while at the same time the region constituted an international borderland with global ties to southern Africa and beyond.

He enjoys advising and working with graduate and undergraduate students with interests in the American West, frontier zones, Native American history, and the U.S.-Mexican borderlands.  Students with a particular interest in the Midwest, the Old Northwest, Ohio, or Cincinnati history are also encouraged to contact Dr. Offenburger.