Natalie Inman

Assistant Professor, History
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Office: Labry Hall 214
Address: One Cumberland Square, Lebanon, TN 37087
Phone: 615-547-1279
Classes Offered:
US History I, US History II, American Indian History, Women's History, Comparative Empires, Colonial America, Historical Methods, Early Modern Europe
B.A. History Honors, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
M.A. Early American History, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Ph.D. Early American History, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
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 dissertation, entitled “Networks in negotiation: the role of family and kinship in intercultural diplomacy on the Trans-Appalachian frontier, 1680-1840,” argues that kinship networks were central to early Americans’ achievement of socio-economic and political goals. By comparing case studies of Chickasaw, Cherokee, and Anglo-American families, this dissertation shows how very important kinship was to early American life across cultures. This comparison of American Indian and Anglo-American familial strategies illustrates how kinship networks were used similarly to pursue conflicting goals. Dr. Inman is currently revising her dissertation for future publication.
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).  She has written a chapter entitled "Military Families: Kinship in the American Revolution" for the forthcoming collection of essays Before the Volunteer State: New Thoughts on Early Tennessee History, 1690-1800 forthcoming from the University of Tennessee Press.
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 is currently the Book Review Editor for the Tennessee Historical Quarterly.