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Natalie Inman

Associate Professor of History

Natalie Inman

Associate Professor of History

Education: B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville M.A.,  Vanderbilt University Ph.D.,  Vanderbilt University


Classes Offered:
US History I, US History II, American Indian History, Women's History, Comparative Empires, Colonial America, Historical Methods, Early Modern Europe


Dr. Natalie R. Inman joined Cumberland University in Fall of 2010 after receiving her doctorate from Vanderbilt University where she studied Early American history with Dr. Dan Usner and pursued minor fields in American Business and the Economy, as well as Early Modern European social history. Her research emphasis is on the intercultural interaction of American Indians and Anglo-Americans, with particular attention to the role of kinship networks in the political and economic negotiation between cultures. 

Dr. Inman’s manuscript, Brothers and Friends: Kinship in Early America, is under contract with the University of Georgia Press Early American Places Series.  In it, she argues that kinship networks were central to early Americans’ achievement of socio-economic and political goals and were central to life in Early America regardless of cultural differences. This comparison of American Indian and Anglo-American familial strategies illustrates how kinship networks were used similarly to pursue conflicting goals.

Dr. Inman has also published an article in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly entitled "A Dark and Bloody Ground: American Indian Responses to Expansion during the American Revolution" (2011) and an article in the Journal of East Tennessee History entitled ““Wealth, Community, & Litigation in Frontier Tennessee: A Study of Tennessee Superior Court Pleadings, 1802-1810” (2004).  Her chapter entitled "Military Families: Kinship in the American Revolution" is included in the collection of essays Before the Volunteer State: New Thoughts on Early Tennessee History, 1690-1800 published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2014.

Dr. Inman has received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History, the John Carter Brown Library, the Filson Historical Society, the Newberry Library, and Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Americas, Center for Ethics, and College of Arts and Sciences Social Science Dissertation Fellowship Program.  She received a Faculty Summer Research Grant from Cumberland University in 2012.  

Dr. Inman serves on the Board of the Joseph School, an educational initiative that has begun a school in Haiti to help Haitians build Haiti from within.  She also enjoys going with Cumberland University’s Student Leadership Academy on their annual Spring Break in Haiti.  She is committed to supporting individual growth of students that will create long-term change in the world for the better.