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Davidson College
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American Indian history, US-Indian relations, federal Indian policy, Native South, Cherokee history, history of sexuality, history of rape, family history
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As a non-Native scholar, I can provide background information. Although I am glad to be quoted, it is ethically important that American Indian peoples have priority in speaking --and being quoted -- on Indigenous issues.

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About Me

I am a historian specializing in the study of the Indigenous South; American Indian women, gender, and sexualities; families and kinship; federal Indian policy, particularly allotment; and sexual violence in American History. I am a mediator between those outsiders who want to know more about American Indian history and cultures and those Indigenous leaders, scholars, and activists who are doing the hard work of protecting and caring for their communities, sovereignty, cultures, and homelands today.

I am an award-winning educator who is an advocate for students. I am an engaged feminist scholar whose research on the history of women, gender, and sexuality inspires her teaching. I measure student success through material mastered and communication and interpersonal skills refined. I want those who take my classes or read my scholarship to be better for it, to understand a little bit more about our shared human story, and to be committed to respecting and protecting the diversity among us.

I research and write like I teach-with humility, humor, and hope that it will all be ok in the end. Through hard work, organization, and persistence, it always is.

I am a talented organizer who nurtures a vibrant, creative intellectual culture through events designed to spark discussion and fuel positive change on my campus and in our community.
Recent Publications


Sustaining the Cherokee Family: Kinship and the Allotment of an Indigenous Nation. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

Articles, Essays, and Other Publications:

“Allotment, Jim Crow, and the State: Reconceptualizing the Privatization of Land, the Segregation of Bodies, and Politicization of Sexuality in the Native South.” Native South 10 (2017): 60-75.

“Witnessing the West: Barbara Longknife and the California Gold Rush.” In The Native South: New Histories and Enduring Legacies. Edited by Greg O’Brien and Tim Garrison. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2017. 162-80.

“Native North American Women.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History. Ed. Trevor Burnard. Oxford University Press.

“Teaching American Indian Women’s Stories in the University Classroom.” Co-authored with Jane Haladay. In American Indian Women of Proud Nations: Essays on History, Language, and Education. Edited by Cherry Beasley, Mary Ann Jacobs, and Ulrike Weithaus. New York: Peter Lang, 2015. 143-61.

“WNIA Chapters in the South.” In The Women’s National Indian Association: A History. Edited by Valerie Sherer Mathes. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2015. 173-91.

“WNIA Missions in the South.” In The Women’s National Indian Association: A History. Edited by Valerie Sherer Mathes. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2015. 102-25.

“‘I Know What an Indian Woman Can Do’: Sarah Winnemucca Writes about Rape on the Northern Paiute Frontier.” In Women’s America: Refocusing the Past. 7th edition. Edited by Linda K. Kerber, Jane Sherron De Hart, and Cornelia Hughes Dayton. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 272-82. Originally published as “Rape Narratives on the Northern Paiute Frontier: Sarah Winnemucca, Sexual Sovereignty, and Economic Autonomy, 1844-1891.” In Portraits of Women in the American West. Edited by Dee Garceau. New York: Routledge, 2005. 37-60.

“In Defense of ‘This Great Family Government and Estate’: Cherokee Masculinity and the Opposition to Allotment.” In Southern Masculinities: Perspectives on Manhood in the South Since Reconstruction. Edited by Craig T. Friend. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2009. 65-82.

“Indian Men and Women.” In The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Gender volume. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009. 146-49.

“‘To Domesticate and Civilize Wild Indians’: Allotment and the Campaign to Reform Indian Families, 1875-1887.” Journal of Family History 30:3 (July 2005): 265-86.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Women