Aaniin, greetings, and welcome to my website. I am an American historian. I received my B.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ph.D. in history from Michigan State University. During the 2017-2018 academic year I served as a NASNTI Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Between December 2018 and February 2019 I served as the interim executive director of the local St. Paul, MN non-profit, the Lower Phalen Creek Project. I am currently a community faculty member at Metropolitan State University and adjunct professor of history the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

My dissertation research center on relations between the Dakota and Ojibwe during the eighteenth century and culminates in an examination of the 1825 Prairie du Chien treaty council of 1825. My current research interests continue to explore the intersection between Indigenous sovereignty and the early United States judicial system. I have written for a variety of publications including a peer-review article in the Journal of Borderland Studies and academic blog posts for the “Panorama” the online blog of The Journal of the Early Republic and H-Net’s Book Channel.

I have taught a variety of courses including American Indian history, the history of U.S. International Relations, and the history of the American presidency. For more information about my research and writing please use the tabs. I can be contacted at jakejurss@gmail.com.


Hiking in Makȟóšiča, Lakota for Badlands National Park, South Dakota