Pekka Hämäläinen
Rhodes Professor of American History, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford

Pekka Hämäläinen is the Rhodes Professor of American History at St Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford. He has served as the principal investigator of a five-year project on nomadic empires in world history, funded by the European Research Council. His books include The Comanche Empire (2008), Major Problems in the History of North American Borderlands (2011) co-edited with Benjamin H Johnson and, most recently, Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power (2019).

Written by Pekka Hämäläinen

Members of the American Indian Movement and the Oglala Sioux in a stand-off with FBI agents, National Guard soldiers, and federal marshals at Wounded Knee in March 1973. Photo by Bettmann/Getty

Nations and empires
It is time to recognise

The Lakota, like other groups, see themselves as a sovereign people. Can Indigenous sovereignty survive colonisation?

Pekka Hämäläinen