The Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders

The Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders

The Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders advances scholarship and teaching on topics of critical historical importance to the American West and other regions of the world. Founded in 2000, and inspired by the generous mentorship of Sterling Professor Emeritus of History and former Yale President Howard R. Lamar, the Center works with researchers around the world; it gathers faculty across Yale departments; it supports Yale students and postdoctoral fellows; and it organizes lectures, conferences, and other public programs.

The Lamar Center Advisory Board includes Yale faculty and staff from the History Department; the American Studies Program; the Department of English; the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program; the Beinecke Library; and other academic units. Its members are excited to welcome Laurie Arnold, Associate Professor of History and Director of Native American Studies at Gonzaga University, as a visiting research fellow at Yale’s Beinecke Library in 2019-2020.

We invite inquiries to Director Stephen Pitti.


The directors appreciate the ongoing support of Yale alumni, friends of Howard R. Lamar, and center benefactors interested in the American West, Native American communities, and frontiers and borders around the world. The directors are especially grateful to Roland W. Betts II (Yale College 1968) for the gift that established the Lamar Center in 2000, and to Jeremy F. Kinney (Yale College 1968) and Holly Arnold Kinney, Executive Director of the Tesoro Foundation in Denver, Colorado ( and daughter of Samuel Arnold (Yale College 1949), for their enthusiastic efforts on behalf of the Center. Graduate students have benefitted enormously from the Arnold and Lucille Alderman Fellowship that funds research on Native American history and the history of the American West.