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Sarah E. Baires is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Eastern Connecticut State University. Sarah is an anthropologically trained archaeologist whose research focuses on Pre-Columbian Native American societies with particular attention to the development of urban landscapes, religious belief and practice, and social and political changes. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where her interest in archaeology developed out of her own field school experience on the Caribbean island St. Kitts. She received both her Masters and PhD at the University of Illinois where her research focused on the emergence of one of Native North America's largest urban environments, Cahokia, a medieval Native American city located in present-day southern Illinois in the Mississippi River Floodplain. Sarah teaches courses that introduce students to archaeology as well as courses that present an unbiased history of North America's Native peoples. She has directed and been a part of over 4 seasons of archaeological field work ranging from digs in the farmland of Illinois, Wisconsin, Belize, and also at Cahokia where her work has changed the way archaeologists think about Cahokia's early urban plan.

Chip Beal is the Diversity Coordinator and an Assistant Professor of First Nations Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Chip is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He received his bachelor's degree from Southeastern State College and his Masters of Counseling Education from Northeastern State University. He also has post-Masters work in School Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Superior. Chip Teaches First Nations Studies courses ranging from the general education Survey of First Nations Culture to the senior research course in cross cultural research methods dealing with American Indians, and many classes in between. He also teaches classes in the Distance Learning online format and has developed seven courses for online delivery. Chip serves as the Diversity Coordinator at UW-Superior where his office serves the needs of American Indian, African American, Asian American and Hispanic/Latino American students both in a recruitment and retention capacity. He is also the M/D (Multicultural, Disadvantaged) Coordinator wherein he acts as Liaison between the University and the University of Wisconsin System, serving students, faculty, and staff of the University of Wisconsin-Superior in multicultural/disadvantaged matters, and as a member of a team of colleagues from institutions across Wisconsin. Chip is one of three UW System representatives to Access to Success (A2S) for Native Americans in Higher Education, a national group dedicated to increasing retention and graduation rates of Native American Students. He also serves on the UW System Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) advisory team.

Marc Becker is professor of Latin American history at Truman State University. His research focuses on constructions of race, class, and gender within popular movements in the South American Andes, with a particular research interest in the history of Indigenous movements in Ecuador. Marc was one of the co-founders of NativeWeb, an Internet website dedicated to Indigenous issues around the world. He is the author of Pachakutik: Indigenous movements and electoral politics in Ecuador, Indians and Leftists in the Making of Ecuador's Modern Indigenous Movements, and Mariátegui and Latin American Marxist Theory; co-editor (with Richard Stahler-Sholk and Harry E. Vanden) of Rethinking Latin American Social Movements: Radical Action from Below and (with Kim Clark) of Highland Indians and the State in Modern Ecuador; and editor and translator (with Harry Vanden) of José Carlos Mariátegui: An Anthology. Marc has received Fulbright, SSRC-MacArthur, and other fellowships to support his research. He has served on the executive committees and has been web editor of the Ecuadorian Studies and Ethnicity Race and Indigenous Peoples sections of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the Andean and Teaching Materials committees of the Conference on Latin American History (CLAH), Peace History Society (PHS), Historians Against the War (HAW), and the Truman State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). See http://www.yachana.org/.

Roxanne Harde is a Professor of English, Associate Dean—Research, and a McCalla University Professor at the University of Alberta, Augustana Faculty. She studies and teaches American literature and culture, including children’s literature, First Nations writing, and popular culture. She has published Reading the Boss: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Works of Bruce Springsteen and Walking the Line: Country Music Lyricists and American Culture, both from Lexington. Her essays have appeared in several journals, including International Research in Children’s Literature, Women’s Writing, The Lion and the Unicorn, Christianity and Literature, Legacy, Jeunesse, Critique, and Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature.

Meredith K. James is an Associate Professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Oklahoma, where she was an adjunct lecturer in the Native American Studies Program. Her published work has largely focused on Native American and Indigenous literatures. She teaches courses such as Native American Literature, Indigenous Studies, Southwestern Literature, and Literature of the Wild West.

Jérôme Melançon teaches political philosophy and Canadian politics. His research takes place within the phenomenological tradition and currently focuses on the development of a philosophy of democracy and of a political philosophy of culture. He is the recipient of the 2014-15 William Hardy Alexander Award for excellence in teaching among sessional lecturers at the University of Alberta. He is also the chair of the Aboriginal Engagement Committee at the Augustana Campus.


Janet Wesselius is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean (Teaching) at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta in Camrose, located in the Aspen Parkland of the Canadian Prairies in Treaty 6 territory. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Free University of Amsterdam, a Master of Philosophical Foundations in Systematic Philosophy from the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, and a B.A. (First Class Hons) from the University of Alberta. She grew up on a ranch on the edge of the Carberry Sandhills (Spirit Sands) on the prairies of southwestern Manitoba in Treaty 2 territory. She specializes and teaches courses in epistemology (theory of knowledge), environmental philosophy, feminist theory, and philosophy of science; she has also taught courses in Women's Studies and Religious Studies. Janet is particularly interested in place based learning and local epistemologies.

Kevin Whalen is an assistant professor of American Indian Studies and History at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Riverside, and his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, Morris. His research and teaching focus on Native America and the modern United States, with special emphasis on Indigenous education, migration, and wage labor. His publications have appeared in Pacific Historical Review, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, and in edited volumes. His book, Native Students at Work: American Indian Labor and Sherman Institute’s Outing Program, 1900-1945, is forthcoming with the University of Washington Press.

Joseph Wiebe's teaching and research is in Religion and Ecology, with a particular interest in moral imagination and the role of locally adapted communities in cultivating place-based identities. His dissertation, Wendell Berry’s Imagination in Place, is forthcoming in Baylor University Press’s series The Making of the Christian Imagination (2017). Wiebe’s ongoing research is on the ways Mennonite and Métis relationships to the land in late 19th- early 20th century Manitoba shaped their identities within decidedly different religious and political contexts.

Caroline M. Woidat is Professor of English and coordinator of the American Studies and Native American Studies programs at the State University of New York at Geneseo. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University and her B.A. at the University of Notre Dame. Her research and teaching focus upon American women writers, Native American literature, captivity and migration narratives, and nineteenth-century social reform. She received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008. Her publications include a Broadview Edition of Elizabeth Oakes Smith’s The Western Captive and Other Indian Stories (2015) and essays in Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, MFS: Modern Fiction Studies, Twentieth-Century Literature, and The Journal of American Culture.

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