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ANTH 2: Intro to Cultural Anthropology | ANTH 146: Ethnographic Analysis| ANTH 176: Museums, Culture & Society | ANTH 177: Museum Methods | ANTH 205: Ethnology | ANTH 276: Seminar in Museum Anthropology


My new book project explores the cultural dispositions and colonial imaginaries settlers brought to their interactions with Mountain Maidu people and lands.

Working Title: Book Worlds and Settler Colonial Ambitions Across Five Generations

Scholarship (selected)


Marie Mason Potts: The Lettered Life of a California Indian Activist, University of Oklahoma Press, November 2020.

Articles & Chapters

American Indian Lives and Voices: the Promise and Problematics of Life Narratives. Reviews in Anthropology, 38(2): 132-165 (April 2009).

Marie Potts and the Smoke Signal of the Federated Indians of California. In Women in Print: Essays on the Print Culture of American Women from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, J. Danky and W. Wiegand (eds.), pp. 77-125. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press (2006).

Salvaging the Anthropologist-Other at California's Tribal College. American Indian Quarterly, Vol. 26 (2): 308-319 (Spring 2002). 

Discourses of Islands and Natives in Late 20th-Century Galveston: Symbolic Circumscriptions of Penetrated Space. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Vol. 8 (1):137-147 (Winter 2001).

Beyond the Trocadero: Mickey's Wild West Show and More. Public Culture 5(3):607-613 (Spring 1993).

Negotiating Autonomy: African Women and the Manipulation of Christian Ideology. In Embodied Love: Sensuality and Relationship as Feminist Values. P. Cooey, S. Farmer, and M.E. Ross, eds. Pp. 171-189, San Francisco: Harper & Row (1987).

Conference Papers

"Tracing Colonial Sensibilities Across Generations, Continents, and High Seas." Shattuck Colonial American History Symposium, CSUS, March 2022.

"It made me so ashamed to hear white ladies talk that way": Apprehending Settler Colonial Society--Children's Conversion Stories from an Off-Reservation Boarding School, American Anthropological Association (Vancouver, 2019).

Indigenous Words and Worlds: Themes of Cultural Loss and Longing in the Writing of Marie Potts, Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne (Bordeaux, France) July 2017.

Across the Sierra to Philadelphia and Beyond: the Unlikely Contours of a Mountain Maidu Life, American Society for Ethnohistory (Nashville) November 2016.

California Indian Writer, Editor and Activist: The Lettered Life of Marie Mason Potts, Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Triennial Conference (Philadelphia) November 2015.


The Lettered Life of a Mountain Maidu Woman: An Archival Portrait of Marie Mason Potts, Maidu Museum & Historic Site (Roseville) March 21- May 9, 2015.

Mapping Heritage, Shooting our Imaginations: Early Works by Frank L. Day (with Valerie Garcia), University Union Gallery, CSUS, September 30 - October 24, 2013.

Object Lessons: The Basket Collections of Joel Sheldon Cotton and Anthony G. Zallio (with Holly Lamb), University Library Gallery Annex, CSUS, September 2011.

American Indian Histories: Art, Object, Text, Anthropology Museum, CSUS, Spring, 2009.

Art in the Life of the Native American, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas, 1986-1992.


Last updated: 02/10/2023