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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).

Professor Kurt Jordan, Dept. of Anthropology, Cornell University, "Destroyed, Forgotten, Never Noted: Ithaca’s Hidden Indigenous History”  The History Center (Sept 19, 2015).

Prof. Denise Green, Department of Fiber and Apparel Design, "Robes of Resistance: Nuu-chah-nulth Declarations on Cloth." The New School, 2018.


AIIS Faculty Profiles

Prof. Kurt Jordan

Kurt Jordan

Associate Professor, Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
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.

Eric Cheyfitz

Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters
Dr. Cheyfitz’ scholarship and teaching focuses on the force of settler colonialism on Indigenous peoples and their ongoing resistance in the form of alternative ways of thought and action to the predatory capitalism embedded in settler existence.
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

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.
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Denise N. Green

Associate Professor, Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design
Professor Green's research uses ethnography, video production, archival methods and curatorial practice to explore production of fashion, textiles, and visual design. 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. 
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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

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.
Prof. 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.
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Jane Mt. Pleasant

Jane Mt. Pleasant (Tuscarora)

Graduate 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.
Prof. 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
Prof. 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.
Prof. 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.
Prof. Troy Richardson
As both a philosopher of education and scholar in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Dr. Richardson’s research, scholarship and pedagogical efforts center on the intellectual traditions of Indigenous, feminist and other minoritized peoples.
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Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora)

Associate Professor
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.