Indigenous Studies

Dr. Stephanie Fitzgerald

Dr. Stephanie FitzgeraldAssistant Professor, English
Executive Committee Member, Indigenous Studies
Phone: 785-864-2586
Office: 3137 Wescoe Hall
Professor Fitzgerald is an Assistant Professor in English. Her research interests focus on American Indian and world indigenous literatures, and the intersection of land, law and gender in Native communities. Her M.A. was in American Indian Studies from UCLA, and she received her Ph.D. in English from Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. John Hoopes

Dr. John HoopesAssociate Professor, Archaeology
Phone: 785-864-2638
Office: Fraser Hall
Dr. Hoopes is an Associate Professor in Archaeology.  His research interests include Archaeology, human ecology, ceramic analysis, digital and Internet applications; Southern Central America, Mesoamerica, South America.

Dr. Jay T. Johnson

Dr. Jay T. JohnsonAssistant Professor, Geography
Executive Committee Member, Indigenous Studies
Phone: 785-864-5547
Office: 402 Lindley Hall
Professor Johnson’s current research interests concern the broad area of Indigenous peoples' cultural survival with specific regard to the areas of resource management, political activism at the national and international levels and the philosophies and politics of place which underpin the drive for cultural survival. Much of his work is comparative in nature and has focused predominately on New Zealand, Australia and North America.

Dr. Paul Kelton

Dr. Paul KeltonAssociate Professor and Chair, History
Executive Committee Member, Indigenous Studies
Phone: 864-9450
Office: 3636 Wescoe Hall
Professor Kelton's primary interests are indigenous peoples of North America, environmental, and Early American history. His latest book is Epidemics and Enslavement: Biological Catastrophe in the Native Southeast (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007); and he is currently working on a book entitled Cherokee Medicine/Colonial Germs: An Indigenous Nation and Introduced Diseases, 1518-1839. He is the author of “Shattered and Infected: Epidemics, Depopulation, and the Collapse of the Native Slave Trade, 1696-1715,” in Mapping the Shatter Zone: the European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World ed. Robbie Etheridge. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009, 312-332; “Avoiding the Smallpox Spirits: Colonial Epidemics and Southeastern Indian Survival”; Ethnohistory 51 (Winter 2004): 45-71; “The Great Southeastern Smallpox Epidemic,” in Transformation of the Southeastern Indians, 1540-1760, ed. Robbie Ethridge and Charles Hudson, (Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2002); and "'At the Head of the Aboriginal Remnant': Cherokee Construction of a 'Civilized' Indian Identity During the Lakota Crisis of 1876," Great Plains Quarterly, 23 (Winter 2003): 3-17.

Dr. Kelly Kindscher

Dr. Kelly KindscherSenior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
Professor, Environmental Studies
Phone: 785-864-1529
Office: 404 Lindley Hall
Kelly Kindscher is best known as a passionate advocate for native plants, native landscapes and wild places. His research is focused on native prairies, prairie plants and plant communities. He is a conservationist, teacher, mentor and environmental problem solver.

Today, his primary responsibilities are as a plant ecologist for the Kansas Biological Survey, where he conducts research on plant communities throughout Kansas, the Midwest, and the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain states; and in the Environmental Studies Program, where he mentors students and has taught a variety of classes, including ethnobotany and the program’s capstone course, formerly known as Environmental Impact Assessment.

Prof. Kindscher is well-known for his study of prairie plants. He is the author of two books: Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie (1987) and Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie (1992), both published by the University Press of Kansas. Currently he is focusing much of his attention on collecting medicinal plants and searching for ethnobotanical and field data that help support the use of native plants for the KU Native Medicine Plant Research Program.  He is one of the founders of the Kansas Land Trust and a current board member. He also is a board member of the Prairie Plains Resource Institute, based in Aurora, Nebraska.

Sharon O'Brien

Sharon O'BrienAssociate Professor, Political Science
Executive Committee Member, Indigenous Studies
Phone: 785-864-9057
Office: 519 A Blake Hall
Professor O'Brien is an Associate Professor of Political Science. She published: American Indian Tribal Governments, and several articles and law reviews concerning rights of American Indians.

Dr. Margaret Pearce

Dr. Margaret PearceOn Sabbatical Fall 2012 & Spring 2013
Assistant Professor, Geography
Office: 404 Lindley Hall
Phone: 785-864-7874
Professor Pearce is interested in all things related to maps (especially, critical cartographies, geovisualization, and Indigenous cartographic history, map design, and cartographic language), and historical & cultural geography (especially, Indigenous geographies, historical landscapes of North America, Native and non-Native interactions, toponymy, and the themes of memory, experience, imagination, and narrative). Her approach to both cartography and geography is grounded in design and the humanities.
Professor Pearce works to develop innovative cartographic language for the representation of experience, place, and Indigenous knowledge. As part of this work, she is currently involved in two projects: the cartographic symbolization of Wabanaki toponymic landscapes (in Maine), and the representation of local and outside knowledge of climate change in shared cartographic dialogue (in Tanzania).

Michael J. Zogry

Michael J. ZogryAssociate Professor, Religious Studies Department
Phone: 785-864-5271
Office: Room 6 Lippincott Hall & Room 202 Smith Hall
Professor Zogry’s primary research interests include Native American / First Nations religions, and theory and method in the study of religions with particular attention to the study of ritual, sport, play and games.  His first book, Anetso, the Cherokee Ball Game: At the Center of Ceremony and Identity was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2010.  It was one of the inaugural volumes in the series First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies.  Dr. Zogry currently serves as co-chair of the Native Traditions in the Americas Program Unit, American Academy of Religion.

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