Benjamin Hillerman

Benjamin Hillerman


  • MA Student


  • Library assistant

I am an MA student from Madison, Mississippi. My research interests are in Native American and Indigenous history with a focus on Native American women's history. My study has included topics of gender, power, memory, and cultural retention. My recent study focuses on the history of the Choctaw, specifically pertaining to power, gender, and knowledge retention of the creation of material culture.



Benjamin E. Hillerman


248 Graduate Hill Drive                                                                    Mobile: 601-954-8011

Starkville, MS 39759                                                                


M.A.       Mississippi State University                                                             Expected 2024

                           History (Native American and Indigenous History)

Mississippi State, MS


B.S.         Mississippi State University                                                                             2022

                           Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies     

Mississippi State, MS

Professional Experience

Archival Assistant

Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS.

Mississippi State University Libraries Department of Archives and Special Collections

Graduate Assistantship Program.                                                                      Fall 2023

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant

Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS.

Department of History

HI3133 History U.S. Pop Culture.                                                                  Spring 2023

HI1073 Modern U.S. History.                                                                             Fall 2022

Research & Scholarly Productivity

Research Interest and Focus

  • Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Indigenous Women and Gender Roles
  • Indigenous Women and Power
  • Native American Reparations and Memory


Research Projects

Hillerman, B. E. (Present). Thesis Research. Conducting original archival research on the preservation of the methods of creation of Choctaw material culture. Investigating how this has changed since the mid-1900s and more recently with the introduction of the internet.


Hillerman, B. E. (2023). Choctaw Women and Power: Choctaw Gender Roles Surrounding the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. Conducted original archival research using primary and secondary sources as part of the requirements for HI8893 History of War, Power, and International Affairs.


Hillerman, B. E. (2023). Creators of a Crow Nation: Apsáalooke Women and Power at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Conducted extensive research of existing interdisciplinary scholarship to analyze objects and create a public-facing historical exhibition as part of the requirements for HI8803 Public History.


Hillerman, B. E., et al. (2021). MDAH Historical Preservation Nomination for Union Chapel M. B. Church in Anguilla Mississippi: Conducted qualitative and quantitative research as part of the requirements for ARC4623 Historic Preservation Research Methods.

Relevant Coursework

HI8943 U.S. History, 1787-1877. Historiographical Paper on Native American History. Engaged in established and recent scholarship to analyze the voices and sovereignty of Native Americans in historical works.


  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Colvard Future Leaders Scholarship Recipient


  • Community Service at the Yakama Nation in Washington through Sacred Road. Summer 2017, Summer 2018, Spring 2022