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Native American Studies Program

37 North Main Street
The Sherman House
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 646-3530
Fax: (603) 646-0333
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Native American Studies: Visiting Professors/Scholars

Charles Eastman Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
Dissertation Fellowship for Underrepresented Minority Scholars

Charles Eastman Pre-Doctoral FellowshipDartmouth College invites applications for the César Chávez / Charles A. Eastman / Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowships from US citizens who plan careers in college or university teaching. The goal of the Chávez / Eastman / Marshall fellowship program is to promote student and faculty diversity at Dartmouth, and throughout higher education, by supporting completion of the doctorate by underrepresented minority scholars (including African-American, Latina/o, and Native American scholars) and other graduate scholars with a demonstrated commitment and ability to advance educational diversity.

The Fellowships support graduate scholars for a year-long residency at Dartmouth that generally runs from September through August. They offer an opportunity for scholars who plan a career in higher education and have completed all other Ph.D. requirements to finish their dissertations with access to the outstanding libraries, computing facilities and faculty of Dartmouth College. In addition, Fellows will participate in classroom activities with scholars who are dedicated to undergraduate teaching. Fellows may be pursuing the Ph.D. degree in any discipline or area taught in the Dartmouth undergraduate Arts and Sciences curriculum. Each Fellow will be affiliated with a department or program at the College.

Three Fellowships will be awarded. Each Fellowship provides a stipend of $25,000, office space, library privileges, and a $2,500 research assistance fund. Fellows will be expected to complete the dissertation during the tenure of the Fellowship and may have the opportunity to participate in teaching, either as a primary instructor or as part of a team.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of: academic achievement and promise; membership in a racial or ethnic group that is currently underrepresented among faculty in the applicant's academic field; demonstrated commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities and increasing cross-racial understanding; and potential for serving as an advocate and mentor for minority undergraduate and graduate students.

Consideration will be made for scholars who seek to share their research as presenters and lecturers in the Dartmouth community. Each fellow will be expected to participate in selected activities with undergraduate students (for example, presenting guest lectures in classes, serving in programs for minority students interested in academic careers, and interacting with undergraduate majors in host departments).

Recipients of the Chávez / Eastman / Marshall Dissertation Fellowships will be appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies, upon the recommendation of a faculty selection committee in consultation with appropriate departments.

Application process:

Questions: Office of Graduate Studies, Dartmouth College, 37 Dewey Field Rd.,Suite 6062, RM. 437, Hanover, NH 03755-1419. Telephone: (603) 646-2106.

Application Deadline: February 1
Award Announcement: April 1

Dartmouth College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action organization. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Dartmouth's Eastman Fellow Alumni:


  • Simone Whitecloud (2014-2015)-(Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) is a Doctoral Candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Dartmouth College. Her ecological research focuses on interactions between different plant species above tree line in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Plants living in such extreme conditions are likely to facilitate each other rather than compete for resources such as space, water, and nutrients. She is working to determine if plants are indeed experiencing facilitation. Her training as an NSF IGERT Fellow and lessons from her uncle, a healer, inspired her to interview Inuit about plant uses in Greenland, some of which are the same plants growing in her study sites in New Hampshire. To tie her ecological and ethnobotanical interests, she is researching if human selection of plants for food and medicine reflect interactions between plant species.

  • Kate Beane (2013-2014)-(Ahdipiwin), an enrolled member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux (Dakota) of South Dakota, is a Doctoral Candidate in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her Ph.D dissertation explores the Indigenous perspective of her tribal history, as well as the ongoing efforts to retain and strengthen ties to both the Minnesota homeland and Dakota language. The Dakota were imprisoned and forcibly exiled from Minnesota after declaring war with the United States in 1862. Using oral history and archival materials, as well as personal family letters and journals, this project analyzes how the separations between family members, displacement from their ancestral land base, and the introduction of Christianity, have all impacted Dakota cultural identity over time. Kate received her B.A. in American Indian Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2006.

  • Maile Arvin (2012-2013) -(Native Hawaiian) received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California at San Diego. Her dissertation, "The Science of Settler Colonialism: Native Hawaiian Indigeneity Amidst Hawai'i's 'Racial Mix,' examines the legacies of scientific constructions of race in Hawai'i for Native Hawaiians. Her work uses Indigenous feminist frameworks in addressing the history of eugenics, blood quantum, and the image of Hawaii 'i as a multicultural, "racial paradise" as well as the complicated ways that Native Hawaiians today respond to the consequences of these histories. Her interests also include: anti-colonial feminisms, human rights and global Indigenous movements, genomics, science and technology studies, and Pacific Island/Oceania studies. She is currently at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in the History of Art and Visual Culture dept. She is the University of California's Presidents Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • Mattie Harper (2011-2012) -(Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe):received her Ph.D in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, with a designated emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality. Her dissertation, titled "French Africans in Indian Country," examines identify formation by focusing on four generations of one family in the Western Great Lakes region. Her work raises questions about the construction of race, Native American identity formation, and cross-cultural encounters in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her main interests include: cross-cultural relations in Early North America, Ojibwe history, the intersecting lives of Native Americans and African Americans, 19th century U.S. history, the fur trade, racial intermarriage and the construction of race, and 20th century Native American intellectuals. She is now a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC San Diego.
  • Chukan Brown (2010-2011) - (Aleut and Inupiat) received her PhD in Philosophy from McGill University, with a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies. Her doctoral work considers questions of indigenous identity by beginning first with a critique of contemporary race theory and theories of social identity. After teaching Ethics, Epistemology, and Social Philosophy at Northern Arizona University, she left the academic arena and is now a writer-philosopher who writes, travels, freelances, and draws commissions.
  • Noelani Arista (2009-2010) - (Hawaiian) received her PhD in American History from Brandeis University. Her dissertation "Outrage and Silence: Encountering History in Early Nineteenth-Century Hawai'i" reorients the discussion about the role New England missionaries played in Hawaiian politics and governance, the formation of law, and the persistence of kapu (oral chiefly pronouncement) in the decades before the first Hawaiian constitution (1840). She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in the Department of History. She specializes in Hawaii, 19th Century America, and Pacific World history.

  • Kendra Taira Field (2008-2009) - (Creek)  wrote her dissertation for a PhD in History at New York University, titled: "African American Migration From the Deep South to Indian Territory, 1870-1920."  Kendra is now an Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at Tufts University. She is now completing her first book, Growing Up with the Country: A Family History of Race and American Expansion. She has received the Huggins-Quarles Award of the Organization of American Histories and has also been awarded fellowships from the Hellman Family Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • Jenny Elizabeth Tone Pah-Hote (2007-2008) - (Kiowa) completed her dissertation titled: "Envisioning Nationhood: Kiowa Expressive Culture, 1900-1950" during her time as a PhD candidate in History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her dissertation explores how the Kiowa have used expressive culture to assert their nationhood and sovereignty. She now teaches in the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has teaching interests in American Indian cultural and political history.
  • Judy Kertesz (2006-2007) - (Lumbee) was a doctoral candidate in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University. Her dissertation is titled: "Skeletons in the American Attic: Curiosity, Science and the Appropriation of the American Indian Past." She is now an Assistant Professor at NC State University in the Department of History and her teaching interests include Native American History, Early American History, Public History, Material Culture, and Museology.
  • Heidi Stark (2006-2007) - (Turtle Mountain Ojibwa) received her PhD from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  Heidi now teaches at the University of Victoria Political Science Department, teaching courses on the politics of indigenous peoples and on indigenous law and policy.
  • Randy Akee (2004-2005) - (Native Hawaiian),received his PhD from Harvard University in Political Economy and Government. His dissertation is titled: "Three Essays in Economic Development of Indigenous Peoples. Randy is now an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. In June 2013 was named to the U.S. Census Bureau's National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations.
  • Angelica Lawson (2003-2004) - (Northern Arapaho), completed her Ph.D at the University of Arizona, Tucson. The title of her dissertation is: "Resistance and Resilience in the Work of Four Native American Authors." Prof. Lawson was also a visiting instructor at Dartmouth, and taught a course in NAS for the Fall, 2003 term: "American Indians on Film and Television." She is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis , specializing in American Indian Film and Literature.
  • Audra Simpson (2002-2003) - (Mohawk), completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology from McGill University, then went to teach at Cornell University, where she was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship. Audra moved to Columbia University in 2008, where she is currently an Assistant Professor of anthropology. She is a Katrin H. Lamon Resident Scholar 2008 - 2009 at SAR, and she has a recent book soon to be published titled ,Mohawk Interruptus.
  • Vera Palmer (2001-2002) - (Tuscarora/Iroquois), completed her dissertation on the Iroquois Condolence ceremonies, titled: "Bringing Kateri Home: Restoring a Cultural Narrative of an Iroquoian Saint." Vera has remained at Dartmouth and is now a Senior Lecturer, teaching 5 literature-focused Native American Studies courses including an introductory course and an advanced seminar.
  • Dian Million (2001-2002) - (Tanana Athabascan), received her Ph.D. in Native American and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation title is "Telling Secrets: Politics, Gender and Race in the Production of Aboriginal Sovereignty." Dian is now an Associate Professor American Indian Studies at the University of Washington.
  • Darren J. Ranco (1999-2000) - (Penobscot), completed his B.A. in Anthropology at Dartmouth College, 1993, his MS in Environmental Law at Vermont Law School in 1998 and his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at Harvard University in 2000. He was on the faculty at Dartmouth in our Native Studies Program and the Environmental Studies Program, from 2002-2008.  He is now an Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Coordinator of Native American Research at the University of Maine.
  • Joseph P. Gone (1998-1999) - (Gros Ventre), received his Ph.D. from the Clinical and Community Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation is titled: "Affects and Its Disorders Among the Lakota Sioux." From 2010-2011 he completed a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and currently he works as an Associate Professor of Psychology (Clinical Area) and American Culture (Native American Studies) at the University of Michigan. He recently received the Stanley Sue Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology from Division 12 of the American Psychological Association in 2013.
  • Peggy J. Ackerberg (1997-1998) - (Citizen Potawatomi), attended Harvard's Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Her dissertation: "Peau rouge, marches blancs: The Marketing of Native America in French Literature."   Peggy did not complete her dissertation, and is now employed in the private sector.
  • Dennis (Dan) Runnels (1996-1997) - (Colville), was a Visiting Instructor of Spanish and Native American Studies, Dartmouth College, 1997-2008. His dissertation: "Guaman Poma: An Amerindian's Discursvie Strategies of Resistance in Post-Conquest Peru." Dan has not yet completed his dissertation. Nevertheless, he was hired by the Native American Studies Program to teach a number of courses on identity and biography. He is now retired.
  • Kevin Connelly (1995-1996) - (Onondaga),received his Ph.D. in linguistics from Cornell University. His dissertation is titled: "How to Capture the Moment: Aspect, Modality, and Tense in Onondaga Discourse." Kevin is now a Language Revitalization Consultant for Onondaga Nation, working on indigenous endangered language revitalization curriculum design and lesson planning and providing professional linguistic analysis and subsequent advice on second language acquisition. Previously, he was a professor at Southwest University from August 2011 to February 2012 in China.

  • Jo Ann Woodsum (1994-1995) - (Cahuilla),received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a dissertation titled:  "The Cultural Construction of Zuni Women's Identity, 1870-1920." She is now an associate in Stein & Lubin LLP Real Estate Practice Group in San Francisco.
  • Christopher Jocks (1992-1993) - (Mohawk) was our very first Eastman Fellow. His dissertation was titled: "Relationship Structures in Longhouse Tradition at Kahnawa:ke" After completing his dissertation he was appointed to a joint assistant professorship in both NAS and Religion at Dartmouth, a position he held for eight years, from 1990 to 2002. In 2008 Professor Jocks was a visiting professor at Fort Lewis College, and has recently done consulting work in Colorado.

Last Updated: 10/20/14