W.R. Swagerty's Special Interests
Most of Swagerty’s work centers on the fur trade of North America.
He is also interested in the prehistory of North America, historic epidemiology, and dynamics of human economics and subsistence.
In 1992, as part of the Columbus Quincentenary, Swagerty curated “America in 1492” at The Newberry Library.
He has also been a Visiting Scientist at the National Museum of Natural History, a fellow of the Ford Foundation and the National Park Service, and is currently a Fulbright Senior Specialist.
His current project, “John Muir and Native Peoples” will take him to New Zealand and Australia during a development leave during spring term, 2007.
Swagerty has served on Pacific’s Academic Council, on the Library Affairs Committee, and is co-chair of the Public Safety Review Committee.
He has been an officer in the American Society for Ethnohistory and Rupert’s Land Research Centre.
He has also served as chair of several committees of the Western History Association and has given public addresses and papers at over sixty gatherings of fellow social scientists since 1977.