Visiting Assistant Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies
His wide-ranging interests include transnational history, foodways, migration history, resistance and revolutions, historical geography, cartography, and the history of exploration and "discoveries." His dissertation focused on thematic maps of American Indian homelands, languages and culture areas. He is revising the manuscript for publication with the University of Nebraska Press.
Crispus Attucks, the first martyr of the U.S. War for Independence, was a working-class New Englander of both African American and Indigenous descent. In the five hundred years since Europeans first brought Africans to the shores of North America, they forged shared histories, communities, and families alongside, and often together with, Native peoples. Racism, legal frameworks, and historical particularities have often divided the two communities. This course considers examples of Black-Native unity, Blood quantum, historical and contemporary anti-Blackness in the U.S., communities of Black Indians including Louisiana Creoles, and the enslavement of African Americans by "civilized tribes" and resulting Freedmen. (keywords: racism, anti-racism, settler-colonialism, organizing, afro-indigenous)
From stevedore Crispus Attucks to Mohawk Ironworkers building Manhattan skyscrapers to Anishinaabe truck drivers in the Minneapolis Teamster Strike of 1934, Native people have been central at important flash points in U.S. history. However, historians and sociologist rarely portray Indigenous people as workers under capitalism, preferring to study traditional subsistence methods or contemporary social problems including structural unemployment. This course examines indigenous people as part of the working class in the United States until present. (keywords: labor, class, unions, workers, indigenous)
What is indigenous space? What is a traditional cultural place? What constitutes "Indian Country" today? What is the relationship between land base and sovereignty? How has space been contested? How have Natives and settler-colonists conceived land and territory over time? This course is designed to introduce students to geographies of Native America including, culture areas, the mapping of languages and polities, the history of cartography and will encourage students to think critically about colonization/decolonization. (keywords: Contested Space; Indigenous; Sovereignty; Settler Colonialism/Decolonization)