Department of History

Matthew Sparacio

Matthew Sparacio
Matthew Sparacio 123 Thach Hall
(334) 844-6796
mjs0044@auburn.edu

Office Hours

  • Wednesday 9:30-3:30

Profile

Matthew Sparacio focuses on eighteenth-century Native American history, with a particular interest in the intersections of gender, identity, and violence along the southern frontier. His dissertation examined the causes, contingencies, and consequences of a civil war waged between Choctaw factions from 1746 to 1750. His book project expands upon this work to further trace the kinship networks that extended through Choctaw towns as well as the intertribal alliance systems that opposing Choctaw factions fostered with their Chickasaw, Alabama, and Creek neighbors. Although this war was an event recorded exclusively in European documents, native actors and agendas drove the push towards war and (eventually) peace.

Dr. Sparacio received his PhD in History from Auburn University in 2018, where he also served as a graduate coordinator for the university's Miller Writing Center from 2016 to 2018. He was a 2016-2017 Robert F. Middlekauff Fellow at the Huntington Library, and has also received research support from Auburn University's College of Liberal Arts, the Alabama Department of Archives, and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. 

Dr. Sparacio is a member of the American Historical Association, the American Society for Ethnohistory, the Southern Historical Association and an Associate of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. 

At Auburn, he has taught the World and American History surveys, in addition to the history of the American Revolution and Early Nation. 

Education

Ph.D., Auburn University, 2018

M.A., Virginia Tech, 2010

B.A., Virginia Tech, 2008

Last Updated: August 31, 2018