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The American Indian Studies faculty represents a diverse group of scholars from ten departments across campus. Consistent with other academic programs on campus, the American Indian Studies program encourages curriculum development/expansion, student and faculty research and collaboration with other programs interested in both historical and contemporary cultural issues of American Indian people.


Brad Bays, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Geography

Douglas Miller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, History

Elizabeth Payne, J.D.

Adjunct Professor and Director, Center for Sovereign Nations

Dawna Riding in Hare, M.S.

Lecturer, American Indian Studies

Lindsey Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English

Affiliate Faculty

Art, Graphic Design and Art History

  • Cristina Gonzalez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Art History


  • Richard Boles, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Sarah Foss, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Brian Hosmer, Ph.D., Professor
  • Kallie Kosc, Ph.D., Assistant Professor


  • Lex Washington, Ph.D., Assistant Professor


  • Mark Perry, Ph.D., Assistant Professor


  • Lawrence Ware, M.A., OSU Institutional Diversity Fellow


  • Melissa Burkley, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • John Chaney, Ph.D., Regents Professor


  • Richard Ellefritz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Jean Van Delinder, Ph.D., Professor
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