Toby and I are very happy to announce six new members to the Project’s Advisory Board have joined over the past year. They replace several members who have retired, taken positions as Project consultants, or whose term has expired.
The Advisory Board provides administrative direction to the Project, gives strategic advice in achieving the Project’s goals, and advocates on behalf the Project.
Please welcome the following:
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- Philip J. Deloria (Dakota) is Professor of History in the American Studies Department at Harvard University. Co-author of American Studies: A User’s Guide (2017) and author of Indians in Unexpected Places (2004) and Playing Indian (1996), Phil is a Trustee of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and a member of the governing council of the Organization of American Historians.
- Jody Blankenship is the Executive Officer of the Connecticut Historical Society. He formerly served as Director of the Education Division at the Kentucky Historical Society as well as Manager of the Outreach and Field Services Department and Project Archivist at the Ohio Historical Society.
- Kēhaulani Kauanui is Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, and the current Chair of the American Studies Department at Wesleyan University. Her publications include Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism (forthcoming 2018), Speaking of Indigenous Politics: Conversations with Activists, Scholars, and Tribal Leaders (forthcoming 2018), and Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (2008). Kēhaulani also serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals.
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- David J. Silverman is Professor of History at George Washington University, where he specializes in Native American, Colonial American, and American racial history. His most recent book is Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America (2016). He is also the author of Red Brethren: The Brothertown and Stockbridge Indians and the Problem of Race in Early America (2010), and Faith and Boundaries: Colonists, Christianity, and Community among the Wampanoag Indians of Martha’s Vineyard, 1600-1871 (2005). He is also the co-author of Ninigret, the Niantic and Narragansett Sachem: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country (2014).
- Stephen Pitti is Founding Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration and Professor of American Studies, History, and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. He serves as an editor of the Politics and Culture in Modern America series for the University of Pennsylvania Press, a member of the U.S. Latina and Latino Oral History Journal advisory board, a member of the National Park Service Advisory Board, and chair of the National Historic Landmarks Committee. The author of The Devil in Silicon Valley: Race, Mexican Americans, and Northern California (2003) and American Latinos and the Making of the United States (2012), Steve is currently working on two book projects: The World of Céasar Chávez(Yale University Press) and Leaving California: Race from the Golden State (in process).
- Lisa Brooks (Abenaki) is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College. She is the author of Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War (2018) and The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast (2008). She was a contributor to Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective (2008). Lisa also serves on the Advisory Board of Gedakina, a non-profit organization focused on indigenous cultural revitalization, educational outreach, and community wellness in New England.