William Bauer is an enrolled citizen of the Round Valley Indian Tribes and a professor of history and program director for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Bauer earned his BA from the University of Notre Dame and MA and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He has been teaching at UNLV since 2009. Previously, Bauer taught at the University of Wyoming. Bauer is the author of three books about California Indian history and has worked with tribes on historic research projects.