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"Americans have always been a restless people, and many observers—like De Tocqueville—ascribed this characteristic to the westward moving frontier. Whether the frontier was a major determinant in stimulating this trait is open to question, however. Economic opportunity may have been a stronger force. Of course, many individuals perceived economic opportunity as being directly linked to the frontier."

— Gerald Nash



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Andrew Offenburger is currently the David J. Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at Southern Methodist University's Clements Center for Southwest Studies. In May 2014, Offenburger earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Yale University. His dissertation—which investigates the influence of capital and culture in the U.S.-Mexican borderlands—received the Frederick W. Beinecke Prize "for an outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field of Western American history."

Offenburger's research in frontiers, borders, colonialism, gender, and indigenous history connects the past of the U.S. West with similar processes in Latin America and Africa. In 2008 he received an M.A. in African studies at Yale and wrote a thesis on an anti-colonial prophetic movement called the "Xhosa Cattle-Killing" along South Africa's Eastern Cape frontier in the 1850s. While studying for the Master's degree, Offenburger spent a year at the University of Cape Town as a Fox International Fellow. Portions of the resulting research later appeared in Research in African Literatures, African Studies, and History Compass, among other publications.

From 1999 to 2013, Offenburger also founded, developed, and directed—in collaboration with an international editorial board—the quarterly academic journal Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, which Routledge acquired in 2007 and continues to publish in print and online. At the time of his departure, Safundi had more than 2,500 members from sixty countries.

Offenburger is originally from Johnston, Iowa, and his wife, María, is from Corrientes, Argentina. They have two daughters, Lindsay and Casey.