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Headshot of Dr. Joseph Brewer, director of KU's Indigenous Studies Program.
Director, Indigenous Studies Program, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Lippincott Hall, room 6G

Natural resources management for American Indian and Alaskan Natives; energy sovereignty for American Indian tribes and Alaskan Natives; the Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program (FRTEP), Indian land tenure; and how local/regional Indigenous knowledge informs state/federal natural resources management offices.

Headshot of Prof. Norman Akers.
Associate Professor of Painting
Chalmers Hall, room 506

Issues of identity and culture, including Osage mythos, place, and the dynamics of personal and cultural transformation as a Native American artist.


Ignacio Carvajal, Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.
Assistant Professor, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Wescoe Hall, Room 2628

Dr. Ignacio Carvajal specializes in interdisciplinary research on Mesoamerican Literatures, Languages, and Cultures and pedagogical approaches to Indigenous Languages instruction. He focuses on Mayan Languages from Guatemala, particularly K’iche’.

Headshot of Dr. Chris Daley.
Professor, Family Medicine, Director, Center for American Indian Community Health
KU Medical Center

Reduction of health disparities in Native North America through primarily cancer control and prevention; cross-cultural communication in the health care setting and via technology; the intersection of qualitative and quantitative ethnographic data collection and analyses; health literacy; traditional medical beliefs surrounding cancer; disease in human evolution; and children with special needs.

Dr. Sarah Deer
Blake Hall, Room 322

Dr. Sarah Deer (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) has worked to end violence against women for over 25 years and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2014. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims' rights. Dr. Deer is a co-author of four textbooks on tribal law. Her latest book is The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America, which has received several awards. Her work on violence against Native women has received national recognition from the American Bar Association and the Department of Justice. Dr. Deer is also the Chief Justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals.

head shot of Phil Duncan
Blake Hall, room 423
Teaches Introduction to Linguistics, Language & Culture in Society Syntax, and Indigenous Languages
Headshot of Dr. Matt Gillispie.
Clinical Associate Professor, Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
(785) 864-4690
Haworth Hall, room 2103

Dr. Gillispie is a clinical associate professor and speech-language pathologist in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders and the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders. He is interested in preschool and school-age children with speech, language, and literacy disorders. He provides services and clinical education in the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, as well as local schools. Dr. Gillispie is also interested in culturally-responsive services, especially to children and families from Native American communities. Dr. Gillispie is also an affiliate faculty member of KU's Indigenous Studies Program.

Head shot of Dr. Jay T. Johnson, ISP affiliate faculty member.
Professor, Geography, Associate Chair of Geography & Atmospheric Science, Director, C-FIRST
Lindley Hall, room 402

Cultural geography, comparative Indigenous Nations studies, post-colonialism.


Dr. Kelly Kindscher
Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey, Professor, Environmental Studies Program
Higuchi Hall, room 135A

Native prairies; prairie plants; plant communities; medicinal plants; searching for ethnobotanical and field data that help support the use of native plants.

Headshot of Dr. Andrew McKenzie.
Associate Professor, Linguistics
Blake Hall, room 428

Semantics, the grammar of discourse, and Native American languages.

Dr. Brent Metz
Associate Professor, Associate Chair and Curriculum Coordinator, Anthropology
Fraser Hall, room 609

Changing quality of life and the politics of identity among impoverished Ch'orti'-Maya subsistence farmers in eastern Guatemala and western Honduras, and mestizos in the former Ch’orti’-speaking area of northwestern El Salvador.

Assistant Professor
Summerfield Hall, room 118C

Native/Indigenous film and media; new media poetics; transmedia activism; critical health studies.

Dr. Catherine Preston
Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies
Summerfield Hall, room 118B

Role of visual culture in the construction of identity and memory.

head shot of Dr. Jennifer Raff.
Assistant Professor
618 Fraser Hall

Research Areas: genomics, population genetics, ancient DNA, anthropological genetics, human evolution and population history, migration, bioarchaeology, scientific literacy, North America, Arctic

Robert Warrior
Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature & Culture
Wescoe Hall, room 3110


Head shot of Shawn Watts, affiliate faculty in Indigenous Studies
Clinical Associate Professor, KU School of Law
403 Green Hall

Shawn Watts is a member of the KU Law lawyering faculty. He came to KU Law from Columbia Law School in New York City, where he was the associate director of the Mediation Program. He taught an Advanced Mediation Clinic and a Native American Peacemaking Clinic. He has been a visiting professor at both Yale Law School and National Taiwan University Law School in Taipei, Taiwan.


Director and Professor, Museum Studies Program
Lippincott Hall, room 6

Historical and legal background by which museums have come to control culturally sensitive objects; the public representation and interpretation of culture; and concerns over the sustainability of local history museums.

Headshot of Dr. Michael Zogry.
Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Smith Hall, room 101

Native American/First Nations religions; theory and method in the study of religions with particular attention to the study of ritual, sport, play and games.

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Haskell Visit Day
Friday, February 14 | 9 a.m.-noon
Tommaney Hall Library, Haskell Indian Nations University
A morning introducing Haskell students to graduate school and KU’s graduate school options. Includes a student panel with Haskell alumni; a panel with representatives from KU’s graduate staff detailing the differences between undergrad and grad school, ways to prepare now and application best practices; networking with faculty and staff across KU; and resources such as KU Libraries, Office of Financial Aid, Student Money Management and more.

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Lippincott Hall, ISP Office

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Lied Center of Kansas
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KU Powwow & Indigenous Cultures Festival
Saturday, April 11 | 10:00 a.m.
Lied Center of Kansas
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ISP Graduate Writing/Research Group
Thursday, April 16 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lippincott Hall, ISP Office

ISP Social Night
Thursday, April 23 | 7:00 p.m.
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One Nations Energies (O.N.E.) Powwow
Saturday, May 2 - Sunday, May 3
Hosted by The American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance (AIHREA)
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12345 College Blvd
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Free and open to the public

ISP Graduate Writing/Research Group
Thursday, May 7 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lippincott Hall, ISP Office

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Friday, May 8 | 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
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