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Langston Hughes Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies and History

Kent Blansett is a Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee, and Potawatomi descendant from the Blanket, Panther, and Smith families. He is the Langston Hughes Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies and History at the University of Kansas. Professor Blansett also serves as the founder and executive director for the American Indian Digital History Project. He has published numerous articles and book chapters including When the Stars Fell from the Sky: The Cherokee Nation and Autonomy during the Civil War and San Francisco, Red Power, and the Emergence of an Indian City. His book, ​A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement highlights Oakes’s pivotal role in Red Power activism from the 1960s and 1970s that sparked Native liberation movements throughout North America. Blansett’s book has garnered national attention.

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.

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’.

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Associate Professor, Linguistics
Blake Hall, room 428

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

Assistant Professor
Summerfield Hall, room 118C

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

head shot of Dr. Jennifer Raff.
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Anthropology
618 Fraser Hall

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

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