Dr. Christopher Steinke

Graduate Program Chair, Associate Professor

Office: COPH 103K   |    Phone: (308) 865-8662   |    Email: steinkecj@unk.edu

Christopher Steinke

Specialization Areas

American Indian, Regional History


Chris Steinke’s work focuses on Plains Indian history in the eighteenth and 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 has appeared in Ethnohistory, 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