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San Diego Miramar College, UC San Diego
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Native American History, Women's History, 20th Century United States History, History of Welfare Policy, History of Indian Policy
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About Me

Mary Klann completed her PhD in US History from University of California, San Diego in 2017, with the support of an American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellowship. She holds an MA from Sarah Lawrence College in Women’s History.

Currently, she teaches US History and Native American History in the San Diego Community College District and at UC San Diego.  Her current research project examines mid-twentieth century developments in Indian policy and welfare policy, exploring the intersections between the legal, political, and social concepts of “Indian wardship” and “welfare dependency.” She is particularly interested in interrogating the development of the conception of “first-class citizenship” as a way of judging and regulating whether citizens fulfilled gendered and racialized expectations of responsibility and self-sufficiency.

Her research has been supported by the Coordinating Council for Women in History, the Harry S. Truman Library, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University, the UC San Diego Center for the Humanities, and the UC San Diego Department of History.

Recent Publications

“Babies in Baskets: Motherhood, Tourism, and American Identity in Indian Baby Shows, 1916-1949,” Journal of Women’s History 29, no. 2 (Summer 2017): 38-61.


Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Government, Indigenous Peoples, Politics, Race, Women, World War II