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Dean Bruno

Associate Teaching Professor, Assistant Head for Student Affairs

Department of History

Withers Hall 274


My research investigates the cycles of violence and dispossession for the lands of the former Seneca Army Depot in upstate New York from the Revolutionary War through the Cold War.  What stories do we tell about this transformed and militarized region and what narratives remain muted?  How do we negotiate the competing claims to this physical place and cultural space?  How do we evaluate the contested layers of memory and meaning?


Assistant Department Head for Student Affairs

Director of Honors Program in History

Director of Undergraduate Advising and History Minor

Funded Research

  • Newberry Library Consortium in American Indian Studies, Summer Institute, “Territory, Commemoration, and Monument: Indigenous and Settler Histories of Place and Power,” 2012.
  • Newberry Library Consortium in American Indian Studies, Workshop, “Cartography and Spatial Analysis in American Indian Studies,” 2010.
  • Herbert and Blanche Henry Weaver Summer Research Award, Vanderbilt University, 2010.
  • William Campbell Binkley Graduate Education Research Fund, Vanderbilt University, 2010.


  • “The Sullivan Campaign of 1779, William Tecumseh Sherman, and the Creation of Memory,” Fort Ticonderoga’s 15th Annual Seminar on the American Revolution, September, 2018.
  • “Why does the Almighty strike down the tree with lightning?’: An Analysis of William Tecumseh Sherman’s Address at the Sullivan Campaign Centennial of 1879, American Society for Ethnohistory, Nashville, TN, November 2016.
  • “Came to Kendaia – Destroyed It,” McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Works-in-Progress Series, Spring 2015.
  • “‘Barbarians in 1779, Civilization in 1879’: The Sullivan Campaign Centennial Celebrations and the Production of Settler Myth and Memory,” Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Philadelphia, PA, July 18, 2014.
  • “The Sullivan Campaign of 1779 and the (Un)Making of Place and Space,” Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, St. Louis, MO, July 19, 2013.
  • “Once a Home, Now a Memory: Dispossession, Possession, and Remembrance of the Landscape of the Former Seneca Army Depot,” Keynote Speaker, Historic Marker Dedication, Sampson State Park, Romulus, NY, July 12, 2012.


Ph.D. History Vanderbilt University

M.A. History North Carolina State University

M.A. Public History North Carolina State University

MBA Business and Finance Wake Forest University

B.A. Economics and Housing Cornell University

Area(s) of Expertise

North American borderlands, environmental, militarized landscapes, Native American, American West, U.S. National Park Sevice, exploration, memory, war and society.