Research & Scholarship
CROSS DISCIPLINARY RESEARCH
The Center operates as a hub for multi-disciplinary, collaborative work informed by and responsive to Native American and Indigenous nations, communities, and organizations.
Learn about research interests by hub.
- Global Indigeneities
- Nationhood, Law, & Governance
- Environments, Health & Social Welfare
- Communities, Culture & Activism
RESEARCH WITH COMMUNITIES
The Center commits to developing and promoting reciprocal and sovereignty-affirming relationships and partnerships with Native American and Indigenous communities. This includes the local urban Native community in Chicago and surrounding areas as well as partnerships with Native American serving organizations such as the Chicagoland American Indian Community Collaborative (CAICC). We also have parternships with Tribal Nations in the Midwest throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. Furthermore, CNAIR works to build reciprocal and sovereignty-affirming relationships with Tribal Nations and Indigenous communitties across Turtle Island and globally.
CNAIR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
This academic year, we've awarded research fellowships to undergraduate students and graduate students.
- Kadin Mills, Undergraduate Student, 3rd Year, Medill School of Journalism
- Kayla Giger, Medical Student, 4th Year, Feinberg School of Medicine
- Syd Gonzalez, PhD Student, 3rd Year, Department of Anthropology
- Caitlin Jacobs, Medical Resident, Feinberg School of Medicine, "Untold Stories: Interactions of Urban Native Peoples with Reproductive Healthcare"
- Heather Menefee, PhD Candidate, 4th Year, Department of History (Award deferred for AY23-24)
We’re very proud of the work our 2021-22 Faculty Fellows are doing. Jorge Coronado (Spanish & Portuguese) is researching “Literary Practices, Activists, and Intellectuals in the Andes and the Caribbean, 1890-1940.” Beth Redbird (Sociology) explores “Access to Tribal Justice: The Co-Evolution of Courts and Citizenship.” Nitasha Sharma (African American Studies and Asian American Studies) focuses on “The Black Pacific.” CNAIR awarded five graduate fellowships to doctoral students in separate schools and departments. We look forward to hearing about their work when they present at our annual research symposium:
- Jordan Gurneau (Environmental Engineering) Topic: Manoomin (wild rice), climate change, and TEK
- Kristina E. Lee (Sociology), Topic: State responses to international frameworks on race and human rights
- Andrea Rosengarten (History), "Remapping Namaqualand: Negotiating Ethnicity and Territory in Colonial Southwestern Africa, 18th-21st Centuries"
- Carrie Stallings (Sociology), Topic: Policing and Native American Reservations
- Caitlin Jacobs, Medical Resident, Feinberg School of Medicine, "Untold Stories: Interactions of Urban Native Peoples with Reproductive Healthcare" (Award deferred for AY22-23)
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