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Robert Galler

Company: St. Cloud State University

Position: Professor and Department Chair, History

Areas of Expertise

  • U.S. History
  • American Indian History with a focus on the Northern Plains
  • History Education

Publications & Accomplishments

My research focuses on American Indian communities on the northern plains during the 19th and 20th centuries and has led to published articles in state and national journals. My most recent publications are “Councils, Petitions, and Delegations: Crow Creek Activism and the Progressive Era in Central South Dakota” (The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 2017) and “Converting the Missionaries: The Transformation of Benedictine Priests at Crow Creek” (South Dakota History, 2020).


I have also recently received recognition for research and teaching, including the Hellervik Research Prize Award, for “Researching the History of St. Cloud State University” (2019) and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Outstanding Educator Award (2020).


Ph.D. in U.S. History/American Indian History from Western Michigan University.


I am a U.S. historian whose research focuses on American Indian history. I have taught at St. Cloud State since 2003, offering a broad range of introductory, advanced, and graduate-level history classes from U.S. history surveys to graduate seminars. A former high school teacher, I also offer classes in history education and content-pedagogy classes for current teachers.