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Native American & Indigenous Studies Faculty at Penn

NAIS FACULTY ADVISORY GROUP:

The NAIS Faculty Advisory Group serves as a steering committee for the NAIS Initiative. All of the following standing faculty at Penn are available to advise individual NAIS students in their respective disciplines and areas of expertise.

NAIS Coordinator:

Dr. Margaret M. Bruchac, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Coordinator of Native American and Indigenous Studies.
Research: Native American material culture and performance; museum representation and repatriation; Indigenous archaeologies and cultural heritage; Algonkian oral traditions; Haudenosaunee and Algonkian wampum ceremonialism.
Email: mbruchac@sas.upenn.edu      Phone: (215) 898-6989
For examples of research articles, see: Margaret Bruchac at Academia.edu

NAIS Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Eugene Buckley, Associate Professor of Linguistics.
Research: documentation and analysis of native languages of California and Oregon, including at present the development of a dictionary of Kashaya, spoken in northern California.
Email: gene@ling.upenn.edu      Phone: (215) 898-2834

Dr. Clark Erickson, Professor of Anthropology, Curator-in-charge of the American Section, Penn Museum.
Research: historical ecology and archaeology of landscapes focusing on Indigenous knowledge systems; pre-Columbian landscapes; transformation of productive landscapes in the Andes and Amazonia.
Email: cerickso@sas.upenn.edu      Phone: (215) 898-2282

Dr. Wendy Grube, Assistant Professor of Nursing.
Research: Ethnographic study of the impact of culture on attitudes, beliefs and behaviors regarding health, disease, and interface with the healthcare system; cultural sensitivity for health care providers.
Email: wgrube@nursing.upenn.edu      Phone: (215) 898-1169
For examples of research articles, see: Wendy Grube at Academia.edu

Dr. Nancy H. Hornberger, Professor of Education, Convenor of the Ethnography in Education Forum. 
Research areas: Comparative ethnographic research on Indigenous education and language revitalization in Andean South America; collaboration with Native North American language communities.
Email: nancyh@gse.upenn.edu      Phone: (215) 898-7957
For examples of research articles, see: Nancy Hornberger at Academia.edu

Dr. Megan Kassabaum, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Weingarten Assistant Curator, Penn Museum.
Research: Prehistoric Native America; mound-building cultures and monument construction; ceremonialism and communal ritual feasting; foodways and ceramic technology; field school in archaeology.
Email: mkass@sas.upenn.edu      Phone: (215) 898-4034
For examples of research articles, see: Megan Kassabaum at Academia.edu

Dr. Richard M. Leventhal, Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center.
Research: Mesoamerica; complex societies; archaeological theory and method; the intellectual history of archaeology in the USA.
Email: rml@sas.upenn.edu      Phone: (215) 573-1202

Dr. Timothy B. Powell, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, Director of Educational Partnerships with Indigenous Communities. 
Research: developing protocols for access to Indigenous archival images, recordings, and ethnographic data.
Email: tipowell@sas.upenn.edu      Phone: (215) 898-7959

Catherine Struve, J.D., Professor of Law.
Research: United States federal laws governing Native Americans; critical focus on the allocation of civil, criminal, and regulatory jurisdiction within Indian country; interactions among federal, tribal, and state courts.
Email: cstruve@law.upenn.edu      Phone: (215) 898-7068

Dr. Daniel K. Richter, Professor of History, Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.
Research: Colonial North America and Native American history before 1800; the American Revolution and the Early Republic; colonial Philadelphia.
Email: drichter@history.upenn.edu      Phone: (215) 898-9251

NAIS Penn Museum Advisor:

Dr. Lucy Fowler Williams, Associate Curator and Sabloff Keeper of Collections, American Section, Penn Museum.
Research: Native American material culture and meaning; representation; collaborative methodologies; Pueblo textiles.
Email: wfowler@sas.upenn.edu     Phone: (215) 898-4048