Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative

Visiting Scholars

The Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative is joined this year by the following visiting scholars.

  • Joseph Dupris

    Visiting Assistant Professor, NAISI
    Spring 2024 Office Hours Tuesdays 4-6pm or by appointment

    Dr. Joseph Dupris joins Brown University this year as NAISI visiting faculty also affiliated with American Studies. He is a citizen of the Klamath Tribes (Klamath, Modoc, and Yahooskin Paiute whose homelands span southern Oregon and northern California). He is also of Big Pine Paiute and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe ancestry. Dupris received a joint Ph.D. in Anthropology and Linguistics and M.A. in Linguistics - Native American Linguistics and Languages (NAMA) emphasis - from the University of Arizona. His doctoral research addresses issues around tribal language research with a focus on sustaining tribal polities through critical analyses of language, race, and nation. Dupris recently served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Linguistics and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder focusing on Native American and Indigenous Linguistics. The focus grounds language research in the epistemologies and lived experience of tribal peoples that use tributary knowledge from western linguistic inquiry while acknowledging the indigenizing, racializing, and minoritizing processes associated therein. This work aligns Dupris with broader capacity-building efforts across the linguistic sciences, such as those of Natives4Linguistics. Dupris is now collaborating with Modoc Nation, a sister tribe of Modoc who were exiled to Indian Territory 150 years ago, to establish critical language infrastructures in northeast Oklahoma. His hope is to help the Klamath Tribes and Modoc Nation work cooperatively through the UNESCO International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032 while developing a critical understanding of the political-legal histories that resulted in the outlaw, curtailment of their respective tribal languages. Dupris will teach four courses in Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown.

  • Eduardo De la Cruz

    Visiting Instructor, Director, Zacatecas Institute for Teaching and Research in Ethnology (IDIEZ)
  • Nitana Hicks Greendeer

    Research Interests Culture-based education and culturally appropriate curricular models, language education and Indian Education
  • Mack Scott III

    Visiting Assistant Professor Ruth J. Simmons Center, Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), CNAIS concentration

    Mack Scott teaches courses that foreground the experiences of Indigenous communities and other targeted populations. His pedagogy focuses on community engagement, and his research explores the history and continuance of Native peoples throughout the Dawnland (New England). His current project traces the continuance of the Narragansett Nation from the pre-colonial to the modern era.