Brian Collier


Contact Information

collier Brian Collier
Director, American Indian Catholic Schools Network, Faculty of Supervision & Instruction, Concurrent faculty: American Studies, Africana Studies, Poverty Studies, and Education, Schooling, and Society
100N Carole Sandner Hall


Education/Alliance for Catholic Education; Education, Schooling, and Society / Affiliate Faculty in: American Studies, Poverty Studies


Ph.D. - Arizona State University
M.A. - Colorado State University
B.A. - Loyola University Chicago

Research interests

History of Education
Native American Education
Minority Education
Social Studies Education
History Education and Teaching


2014 “Award of Merit” for outstanding service to the field of Western History and to the Western History Association, Western History Association

Chair, Committee on Teaching and Public Education, Western History Association

“Favorite Professor Award” for outstanding contributions in the classroom. University of Notre Dame.

Presented at University of Notre Dame Volleyball Game. November 1, 2009.

Pew Center for Faculty Teaching and Learning Excellence Travel Award, 2008

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Department of History, 2006

Nominated by Students for “Last Lecture Series” (Graduate students may not win award), 2005, 2006

Graduate and Professional Student Association Founder’s Award for University Service 2004 - 2005


Select publications

  • ​College Student Voices on Educational Reform: Challenging and Changing Conversations, Burke, Kevin, Brian S Collier, Maria McKenna. New York, NY: Palgrave 2013. (This is a collaborative publication with Notre Dame undergraduates and Notre Dame colleagues Maria McKenna and Kevin Burke).
  • Collier, Brian, and Lindsey Passenger Wieck. “Teaching the American West.” Journal of the West 49, no. 3 (Summer 2010): 8-9.
  • "American Catholicism." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2013.
  • Review of Higher Education in the American West: Regional History and State Contexts. Higher Education & Society. Edited by Lester F. Goodchild, Richard W. Jonsen, Patty Limerick, and David A Longanecker. Western Historical Quarterly (Forthcoming).
  • Teaching the American West, Special Edition of Journal of the West (49.3 2010) (released Summer, 2011.)
  • Guest Editor, Teaching the American West, Special Edition of Journal of the West (49.3 2010)) (released Summer, 2011).
  • "The Battle for Socialism continues on into the 21st century." American History.  ABC-CLIO.  September 10, 2010. <>
  • Icons of Black America, “Harlem Globetrotters,” book chapter, Greenwood Publishing Group, expected 2010.
  • African American Icons of Sport: Triumph, Courage, and Excellence, “The Harlem Globetrotters,” book chapter Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008.
  • ABC Clio Essay for High School Students on "Frontier History as False Nationalism." American History. ABC-CLIO. (accessed February 24, 2009).
  •  “To Bring Honor to My Village”: Steve Gachupin the community of Jemez, Running and the Pikes Peak Marathon, Journal of the West (46:4 Fall, 2007).


Brian Collier started his teaching career as a volunteer for the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Catherine Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When the school closed Collier decided to go to graduate school and earn a Ph.D. in history and study why Catholic Indian schools around the United States were closing and study American Indian History in particular. Through his graduate work Collier had the good fortune to work as a registered lobbyist in Arizona and to learn a good deal about the political system and its interactions with educational institutions.

He is a member of the affiliate faculty in Poverty Studies, American Studies, and Education, Schooling and Society.

Dr. Collier and his wife have lived and worked with K-20 students in Santa Fe, NM, Boulder, CO, Asheville, NC, Ft. Collins, CO, Tempe, AZ, Grand Rapids, MI, Flagstaff, AZ and now through the ACE program and Notre Dame they are happy to work with Catholic schools and teachers around the country and the Notre Dame community broadly. Besides his work in the ACE program Collier teaches the History of American education and American Indian History at the University of Notre Dame.

Collier and his wife, a 1995 Notre Dame graduate, reside in Northern Indiana and have two children.