Alyssa is currently an Assistant Professor of Transnational Studies at the University at Buffalo. Before Buffalo, she was an Assistant Professor of American Studies and History at Yale University. She specializes in Native American and Indigenous Studies, with a focus on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her broader teaching and research interests include early American history, American Indian social and intellectual histories; settler colonialism, especially as it relates to legal and educational systems; conceptualizations of space, place, and land tenure in Indian Country; and public history. Her work has or will be published in American Indian Quarterly and several collections of scholarly work. Her dissertation, “After the Whirlwind: Maintaining a Haudenosaunee Place at Buffalo Creek, 1780-1825,” examines the social, political, and religious dynamics of the Buffalo Creek Reservation in western New York State.
Mt. Pleasant has presented her research at numerous scholarly conferences organized by the American Society for Ethnohistory, the American Studies Association, the Bershire Conference on the History of Women, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. She has been invited to speak at historical societies, libraries, museums, high schools, and American Indian cultural resource organizations. From 2010 to 2012 Mt. Pleasant served as co-chair of the host committee for the 2012 annual meeting of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, a conference that drew over 800 scholars to the Mohegan Sun conference center. In 2013 she was elected to a three-year term on the Council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. She has been a guest on CNN and her work has been profiled in the New York Times and in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.