Dr. Christopher Steinke

Associate Professor, American Indian, Regional History

Office: COPH 103K   |    Phone: (308) 865-8509   |    Email: steinkecj@unk.edu

Christopher Steinke


Chris Steinke’s work focuses on Plains Indian history in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He is particularly interested in indigenous communication and transportation networks and how they linked Plains groups to one another and to colonial outposts. His current book manuscript, “Rights of Passage: Indigenous Travelers on the Missouri River,” reconstructs the history of indigenous mobility on the Missouri River, a vast transcontinental corridor of Native movement and travel. His research in Pawnee and Arikara history has appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly and Great Plains Quarterly.


  • PhD, History, University of New Mexico, 2015
  • MA, History, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2009
  • AB, English, Harvard University, 2004