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American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Field Description

The American Indian Program offers American Indian Studies as a minor field in graduate studies. Graduate students select a faculty member from the field of American Indian Studies to serve as minor member on their special committee.

They must also take two courses to qualify for the minor: a one-credit colloquium offered once a year in which students and faculty present their research; and a three-credit course in critical approaches to American Indian Studies, also offered once a year. Faculty expertise spans multiple fields, including anthropology, archeology, art history, history, literature, law, sociology, horticulture, and natural resources, enabling students to develop programs that address their specific interests. Faculty with specific research expertise in Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) studies and indigenous issues globally within diverse disciplines further broaden opportunities for study.

The American Indian Program offers American Indian Studies as a minor field in graduate studies. Graduate students select a faculty member from the field of American Indian Studies to serve as minor member on their special committee.

This is a minor field. Application for admission is made only to the major fields. After matriculation, a student may select minor subjects from the major or minor fields.

Contact Information

Subject and Degrees

    Concentrations by Subject

    American Indian and Indigenous Studies (minor)

    • American Indian and Indigenous Studies (minor)

    Faculty

    Eric T Cheyfitz

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: American Indian and Indigenous Studies: American Indian and Indigenous Studies
    • Research Interests: Native American Literature; Federal Indian Law; Navajo and other Native American Nations; Settler Colonialism in Palestine-Israeli Relations; Zapatista Movements in Bolivia and Chiapas, Mexico

    Charles C Geisler

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: American Indian and Indigenous Studies: American Indian and Indigenous Studies
    • Research Interests: rural sociology; social impact assessment of resource development

    Frederic Wright Gleach

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: American Indian and Indigenous Studies: American Indian and Indigenous Studies
    • Research Interests: native North American historic relations; native and European cultures; Algonquians; Tlingit

    Denise Nicole Green

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: American Indian and Indigenous Studies: American Indian and Indigenous Studies
    • Research Interests: Indigenous Textiles, Fiber Arts and Film of the Northwest Coast

    John Stanley Henderson

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: American Indian and Indigenous Studies: American Indian and Indigenous Studies
    • Research Interests: archaeology of the Americas; Indian history of Mexico and Central America

    Billie Jean Isbell

    • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
    • Concentrations: American Indian and Indigenous Studies: American Indian and Indigenous Studies
    • Research Interests: anthropology; Andean thought and culture; South Americ

    Kurt Jordan

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: American Indian and Indigenous Studies: American Indian and Indigenous Studies
    • Research Interests: Haudenosaunee Studies; Seneca and Cayuga Archaeology

    Karim-Aly S. Kassam

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: American Indian and Indigenous Studies: American Indian and Indigenous Studies
    • Research Interests: Indigenous/Place-Based Ecological Knowledge; Biocultural Diversity; Ecological Calendars; Climate Change and Sustainability; Indigenous Land Use Mapping; Akwesasne Mohawk Nation; Standing Rock Lakota/Dakota Nations; Communities of the Pamir Moutains

    Jane Mt Pleasant

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: American Indian and Indigenous Studies: American Indian and Indigenous Studies
    • Research Interests: indigenous agriculture; Native American resource management

    Sarah E. Murray

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: American Indian and Indigenous Studies: American Indian and Indigenous Studies
    • Research Interests: Indigenous Languages

    Paul Nadasdy

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: American Indian and Indigenous Studies: American Indian and Indigenous Studies
    • Research Interests: Ethnography of Northern Athapaskan Peoples; Indigenous-State Relations; Ecological Anthropology

    Jon William Parmenter

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: American Indian and Indigenous Studies: American Indian and Indigenous Studies
    • Research Interests: Iroquois social and political history; northeastern Algonquians; governance; settler relations

    Troy A. Richardson

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: American Indian and Indigenous Studies: American Indian and Indigenous Studies
    • Research Interests: Indigenous Education; Philosophy of Education; Research Ethics and Methodologies; Decolonial Philosophies

    Jolene K. Rickard

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: American Indian and Indigenous Studies: American Indian and Indigenous Studies
    • Research Interests: Modern and Contemporary Indigenous Art; Decolonizing Methodologies; Curatorial Theory and Practice; New Media Practices and Haudenosaunee Media Culture