Joseph Bauerkemper

Joseph Bauerkemper


Joseph's scholarship, outreach, and teaching emphasize governance, literature, and law. Before joining the UMD faculty he earned his PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, enjoyed one year at the University of Illinois as a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in American Indian Studies, and enjoyed two years at UCLA with concurrent appointments as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the program for the study of Cultures in Transnational Perspective and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English. Joseph grew up in Austin, Texas and lives in Duluth with his wife Kristen, daughter Eliza, and son Thomas.


2008 Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

2001 Bachelor of Arts in English Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Texas Lutheran University

Peer Reviewed Publications


  • Review of Tribal Worlds: Critical Studies in American Indian Nation Building, edited by Brian Hosmer and Larry Nesper. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 38.4 (2014): 200-203.
  • Review of Plural Sovereignties and Contemporary Indigenous Literature, by Stuart Christie. Studies in American Indian Literatures 25.1 (2013): 122-124.
  • Review of Sovereignty Matters: Locations of Contestation and Possibility in Indigenous Struggles for Self-Determination, edited by Joanne Barker. Studies in American Indian Literatures 20.1 (2008): 76-79.

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

  • UMD College of Liberal Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015)
  • University of Minnesota Single Semester Research Leave (2015)
  • Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Grant Co-Recipient (2014-2015; $100,000)
  • University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Award (2014-15; $1,667)
  • UMD College of Liberal Arts Teaching Grant (2014; $250)
  • University of Minnesota Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy Multicultural Research Award Co-Recipient (2013-2014; $7,000)
  • University of Minnesota Duluth Chancellor's Strategic Initiative Grant Co-Recipient (2013; $3,000)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Program for the Study of Cultures in Transnational Perspective - University of California Los Angeles (2009-2011)
  • Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship in American Indian Studies - University of Illinois (2008-2009)
  • Graduate Research Partnership Fellowship - University of Minnesota Twin Cities (2006; $5,948)
  • First Annual Award for the Outstanding Graduate of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences - Texas Lutheran University (2001)

Representative UMD Courses

  • AMIN 1001 - Introduction to American Indian Studies
  • AMIN 1606 - Introduction to American Indian Literatures
  • AMIN/TAG 3206 - Federal Indian Policy
  • AMIN/TAG 3230 - American Indian Tribal Government and Law
  • AMIN 3430 - Global Indigenous Studies
  • MTAG 5110 - Principles of Tribal Sovereignty I
  • MTAG 5240 - Advanced Tribal Administration and Governance II