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Jill Doerfler

Jill

Bio

EDUCATION
Ph.D.: American Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2007
Dissertation: “Fictions and Fractions: Reconciling Citizenship Regulations with Cultural Values Among the White Earth Anishinaabeg”

B.A.: History and American Indian Studies, minor in Anthropology, University of Minnesota-Morris, 2001
Senior Paper: “Political Change and Adaptation Strategies of the Anishinaabeg”


I joined the Department of American Indian Studies in the fall of 2008, was tenured in 2013, and became Department Head in 2014. I earned my B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota-Morris and my Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. During 2007-2008, I was the Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois. My primary area of scholarly interest is American Indian, specifically Anishinaabe, identity with a political focus on citizenship.

Growing up on the White Earth reservation, I was all too familiar with the divisions that the use of blood quantum as the sole requirement for tribal citizenship (1961) caused. After a political crisis during the 1990s, there was a growing concern about the vast numbers of Anishinaabeg being excluded under the blood quantum requirement; families were literally divided with some possessing the blood quantum required for citizenship and others lacking it. I felt compelled to research the history of tribal citizenship and blood quantum. My research is premised on my commitment to bridging scholarly efforts with the practical needs of American Indian peoples, communities, and nations. My research draws upon both historical documents and literature to delineate Anishinaabe conceptions of identity in the 20th and 21st centuries. I am especially interested in the ways in which Anishinaabeg resisted pseudo-scientific measures of blood (race/blood quantum) as a means to define identity. One of my newer areas of research dovetails with community service and focuses on the process of constitutional reform. I have been working with the White Earth Nation since 2007 on constitutional reform efforts. I have found working with the White Earth Nation to be rewarding and it has solidified my commitment to partnerships between scholars and Native nations.

COURSES TAUGHT
AMIN 1606: Introduction to American Indian Literature (meets DLE req of Cultural Diversity in the US; meets DLE req of Humanities; meets Lib Ed req of LE CAT9)

AMIN 1020: American Indian Experiences: 1900-present (meets DLE req of Cultural Diversity in the US; meets DLE req of Humanities; meets Lib Ed req of LE CAT7; meets LECD req of LECD CAT07)

AMIN 2407: Boarding Schools and Beyond: A History of American Indian Education (meets Cultural Diversity, Lib Ed CAT8, LECD CAT08)

AMIN 3620: Ojibwe Literatures: Sovereignty and Survivance (meets Cultural Diversity)

REPRESENTATIVE RESEARCH
Book. Those Who Belong: Identity, Family, Blood, and Citizenship Among the White Earth Anishinaabeg. Michigan State University Press as part of the American Indian Studies series edited by Gordon Henry, Jr., and Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2015.  Click here to order.

Book. Co-edited with Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark. 
Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories,Introduction: “Bagijige: Making An Offering;chapter “‘A Philosophy for Living’ Ignatia Broker and Constitutional Reform among the White Earth Anishinaabe.” Michigan State University Press as part of the American Indian Studies series edited by Gordon Henry, Jr., and Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2013. Click here to order.

Essay. “Race, War, and the March of Time: The Vanishing American” Seeing Red: American Indians and the Cinema edited by LeAnne Howe, Denise Cummings, and Harvey Markowitz. Michigan State University Press, 2013.

Chapter. “Relative Identities: Connecting Chance and Continuance in Love Medicine” in Critical Insights: Louise Erdrich edited by P. Jane Hafen . EBSCO Publishing, Salem Press, 2013.

Book. Co-authored with Gerald Vizenor. Introduction by David Wilkins. The White Earth Nation: Ratification of a Native Democratic Constitution, chapter “A Citizen’s Guide to the White Earth Constitution: Highlights and Reflections.” University of Nebraska Press, 2012. Click here to order.

Chapter. “Postindian Survivance: Gerald Vizenor and Kimberly Blaeser ” in Gerald Vizenor: Texts and Contexts edited by Deborah Madsen and A. Robert Lee (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press), 2011, pp. 186-207. Click Here for Chapter

Article. "An Anishinaabe Tribalography: Investigating and Interweaving Conceptions of Identity During the 1910s on the White Earth Reservation" American Indian Quarterly, 33:3 (Summer 2009) pp. 295-324 Click Here for Article

Article. “Wild Rice: The Minnesota Legislature, a Distinctive Crop, GMOs, and Ojibwe Perspectives." Co-authored with Rachel Durkee Walker, Hamline Law Review , 32.2 (Spring 2009) pp. 499-527.

FORTHCOMING
Chapter. Co-authored with Erik Redix. "Regional and Tribal Histories: The Great Lakes" Oxford Handbook of American Indian History ed. Fredrick Hoxie, Oxford Press, expected publication 2016.