Faculty

The American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) Faculty expertise spans multiple fields, including anthropology, archeology, art, art history, fiber science, history, literature, law, sociology, horticulture, and natural resources, enabling students to develop programs that address their specific interests. Faculty with specific research expertise in Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) studies and Indigenous issues globally within diverse disciplines further broaden opportunities for study.

 

Professor Jolene Rickard, Dept. of History of Art and Visual Studies and Art, Cornell University, "The Geography of Learning," Creative Time Summit (Sep 2, 2015).

 

Professor Jane Mt.Pleasant, Dept. of Horticulture, "What Did They Really Eat? A Critical Analysis of the Food Value in the Three Sisters," Horticulture Section Seminar Series (Nov 9, 2015).

Professor Karim-Aly Kassam, Dept. of Natural Resources, Cornell University, Spring 2015 Engaged Cornell Speaker Series (Mar 2, 2015).

Professor Jon Parmenter, Dept. of History, Cornell University, "Two Row Wampum: Yesterday, Today and Global," LeMoyne College, Syracuse (Apr 11, 2013).


AIIS Faculty Profiles

Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora)

Jolene Rickard

Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora)

Associate Professor, Director of the American Indian Program

Dr. Rickard is a visual historian, artist, and curator interested in the issues of Indigeneity within a global context. She is currently conducting research in the Americas, Europe, New Zealand and Australia culminating in a new journal on Indigenous aesthetics, and has a forthcoming book on Visualizing Sovereignty.

Eric Cheyfitz

Eric Cheyfitz

Eric Cheyfitz

Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters

Dr. Cheyfitz  teaches American literatures, American Indian and Indigenous literatures, and US federal Indian law. His current work focuses on Indigenous theory and practice as a critique of global capitalism.

Charles C. Geisler

Charles C. Geisler

Charles C. Geisler

Emeritus Professor

Dr. Geisler's interest is in community-based water management and conservation among Native American communities and Nations.

Frederic W. Gleach

Frederic W. Gleach

Frederic W. Gleach

Senior Lecturer and Curator of the Anthropology Collections

Dr. Gleach’s first research focus has long been on Native North America and the historical relations between Native and European cultures, past and present. Particular emphases have included Native American perceptions of Europeans in contact situations, perspectives on warfare and violence, and the maintenance of ethnic identity.

Denise N. Green

Denise N. Green

Assistant Professor

Denise Nicole Green is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design and the Director of the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection.  She received a PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of British Columbia. With the Ethnographic Film Unit at UBC and Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations communities, she directed a series of documentary films exploring textiles, identity and Aboriginal title.  Prior to this, she earned a Master of Science in Textiles from the University of California--Davis and a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Apparel Design from Cornell University. Professor Green's research uses ethnography, video production, archival methods and curatorial practice to explore production of fashion, textiles, and visual design. 

John S. Henderson

Professor Henderson’s research interests center on early complex societies and how archeology can explore the processes through which they develop.

Billie Jean Isbell

Billie Jean Isbell

Billie Jean Isbell

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology

Professor Isbell’s research interests focus on Andean region of South America, ethnography and fiction, the Slow Food Movement, innovative technologies for teaching; and issues of global development.
 

Kurt Jordan

Kurt Jordan

Kurt Jordan

Associate Professor

Dr. Jordan’s research centers on the archaeology of Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) peoples, emphasizing the settlement patterns, housing, and political economy of seventeenth- and eighteenth- century Senecas.

Karim-Aly Kassam

Karim-Aly Kassam

Karim-Aly Kassam

Associate Professor, International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies

Dr. Kassam’s research focuses on the complex connectivity of human and environmental relations, addressing indigenous ways of knowing, food sovereignty, sustainable livelihoods, and climate change. This research is conducted in partnership with indigenous communities in the Alaskan, Canadian, and Russian Arctic and Sub-Arctic; the Pamir Mountains in Afghanistan and Tajikistan; and the rain forest in the south of India.
Personal Website

Jane Mt. Pleasant (Tuscarora)

Jane Mt. Pleasant

Jane Mt. Pleasant (Tuscarora)

Associate Professor

Dr. Mt. Pleasant’s research focuses on indigenous cropping systems and their productivity. She lectures frequently on indigenous agriculture and its links to contemporary agricultural sustainability, and is considered a national expert in Iroquois agriculture.

Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray

Associate Professor

Dr. Murray’s primary interests are the semantics and pragmatics of natural language. Her research lies at the intersection of three areas: documentation and analysis of understudied languages, research on the semantics and pragmatics of particular linguistic phenomena, and research on formal theories of meaning and discourse.

Personal Website

Paul Nadasdy

Paul Nadasdy

Paul Nadasdy

Associate Professor

Dr. Nadasdy has been conducting ethnographic research in Canada’s Yukon Territory since 1995, principally with the people of Kluane First Nation, the indigenous inhabitants of the southwest Yukon. His research has focused on the politics surrounding the production and use of environmental knowledge in wildlife management, land claim negotiations, and other political arenas.

Jon Parmenter

Jon Parmenter

Associate Professor

In his research, Dr. Parmenter draws on archival and published documents in several languages, archaeological data, and Iroquois oral traditions to explore the ways in which spatial mobility represents the geographic expression of Iroquois social, political, and economic priorities.

Carol Edelman Warrior

Carol Edelman Warrior

Assistant Professor

Dr. Warrior joined the Cornell community as a Postdoctoral Mellon Fellow in the Department of English, and is currently an Assistant Professor. She is enrolled with the Ninilchik Village Tribe (Dena'ina Athabascan / Alutiiq), and is also of A'aninin (Gros Ventre) descent. Before coming to Cornell, Warrior taught in the Departments of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. Among her research and teaching interests are Indigenous critical theory, Indigenous philosophies, futurisms, ecocriticism, activism, literature, film, music, material culture, and sovereignty.