Though born and raised in south Florida, Dr. Mark A. Nicholas left for colder climes to receive his MA (2000) and PhD (2006) from Lehigh University. His research specializes in early American history and Native American history before 1850. Dr. Nicholas has published several peer-reviewed articles, numerous book reviews, a co-edited volume Native Americans, Christianity, and the Reshaping of the American Religious Landscape (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010), a co-authored textbook for Pearson, First Americans: A History of Native Peoples (2012). He is also finishing two source readers with Pearson to accompany the textbook Indian Voices: Sources from the Native American Past set for October 2013 publication. He is also at work on an article about Seminole trading in Fort Lauderdale in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century as a unique estuary economy of the everglades, local river systems, and the Atlantic Ocean. He has two books under contract: Indian Space, Always in the Making: American Nationhood and Indian Territory for University of Arizona Press, and A Seneca New Order, Culture and the State in New York, 1783-1855 for Michigan State University Press. Trying to bring Native American history to a wider audience, he is also presently developing an online course with Pearson based off his textbook.