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Brian Klopotek

Associate Professor
Phone: 541-346-0903
Office: 205 Alder Bldg
Office Hours: Spring 23: Wednesdays noon-2:00 p.m. and by appointment
Research Interests: Native American and Indigenous Studies, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Media and Cultural Studies, Historical Studies, Environmental Justice


BA, Anthropology, Yale University, 1994;
Ph.D., American Studies, University of Minnesota, 2004


Selected Publications:

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe: Its Culture and People, 2nd Edition, Co-edited with John D. Barbry, Donna M. Pierite, and Elisabeth Pierite-Mora

Indian Subjects: Hemispheric Perspectives on the History of Indigenous Education, Co-edited with Brenda Child. Santa Fe, NM: SAR Press, 2014.

“Indian Education Under Jim Crow: Understanding Race in Louisiana and the BIA,” in Indian Subjects: Hemispheric Perspectives on the History of Indigenous Education, edited by Brenda Child and Brian Klopotek. Santa Fe, NM: SAR Press, 2014.

Recognition Odysseys: Indigeneity, Race, and Federal Tribal Recognition Policy in Three Louisiana Indian Communities. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.

With Brenda Lintinger and John Barbry, “Ordinary and Extraordinary Trauma: Race, Place, and Tunica-Biloxi Experiences with Hurricane Katrina” American Indian Culture and Research Journal, special edition on Hurricane Katrina, Andrew Jolivette, ed., vol. 8, no. 2, Summer 2008, 55-77.

“Of Shadows and Doubts: White Supremacy, Decolonization, and Black-Indian Relations,” in Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Sovereign Acts, (Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2009)

“Dangerous Decolonizing: Indians and Blacks and the Legacy of Jim Crow,” in Decolonizing Native Histories: Collaboration, Knowledge, and Language in the Americas, edited by Florencia Mallon.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012.

“I Guess Your Warrior Look Doesn’t Work Every Time: Challenging Indian Masculinity in the Cinema,” in Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the US West, edited by Matt Basso, et al. (NY: Routledge, 2001), 251-273.

Works in Progress:

Indian on Both Sides: Indigenous Identities, Race, and National Borders. Manuscript in development.



ES 102: Introduction to Ethnic Studies

ES 256: Introduction to Native American Studies

ES 350: Native Americans and the Environment

ES 399: Native American/African American Relations

ES 370: Race, Ethnicity, and Cinema: Native Americans and Film

ES 370: Race, Ethnicity, and Cinema: Interracial Sex and Love in Cinema

ES 399: Race and War

ES 407/507: Ethnohistory (previously Anth 407/507)

ES 407/507: Native American and Latin@s: Comparative Ethnic Studies

ES 456/556: History of Native American Education

ES 498: Theories of Race and Ethnicity

ES 499: Ethnic Studies Proseminar

ANTH 320: Native North Americans