Baligh Ben Taleb

Ph.D. Candidate/Research Assistant

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Baligh Ben Taleb is a former Fulbright scholar from Tunisia and a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research pipeline consists of three distinct tracks, all of which involve colonial history, comparative settler colonial studies, truth and reconciliation (Indigenous/Settler Context). His doctoral dissertation examines the work of the Indian Claims Commission (August 1946- September 1978) and its impacts on Western Indian tribes such as the Western Shoshone Indians, and places it within the legacy of settler colonialism and efforts of reparations in the United States. Prior to his doctoral studies, Baligh earned an M.A. in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a B.A. in English and History from the University of Tunis—each with a focus on comparative settler colonial history of the plight of Native Americans and the Palestinians.

 At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Baligh has taught a few courses; “Twentieth Century Minority Experiences in the U.S. and Beyond,” and “Race and Ethnic Relations,” among others. He has also presented at national and international conferences including the American Society for Ethnohistory (ASE), Western History Association (WHA), Western Social Sciences Association (WSSA), Heidelberg Spring Academy (HCA, Germany), and European Association of Urban Historian (EAUH, Finland).

 In recognition of his outstanding performance and scholarly potential, Baligh has earned a number of awards: the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Dean’s Fellowship (2017-2018), Student Travel Award, the American Society for Ethnohistory (Fall 2017), the Maslowski Travel Award, Department of History (Summer 2017), and the Addison E. Sheldon Fellowship, Department of History (Fall 2016), among others. Ben Taleb also serves as a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Great Plains Studies.