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PhD., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2023
M.A.Ed., Ottawa University, 2012
M.A., University of Florida, 2010
B.A., University of Florida, 2009

Research Interests

Dissertation: “Unnatural Naturalization: The Ottawa Indians and U.S. Citizenship, 1854-1978.”

Examining the history of the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, this dissertation looks at U.S. citizenship as a complex site of Native activism from the mid-nineteenth century through the late twentieth century. It assesses how the Ottawa harnessed U.S. citizenship in their struggle for power with the federal government. By bringing to the fore a political tradition of subversive Native engagement with U.S. citizenship, Ottawa perspectives challenge dominant progressive narratives of U.S. citizenship that obscure the place of the United States as a settler colonial state.