Christopher Basaldú, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Native American Studies
Education: AB, Study of Religion, Harvard University.
MA, American Indian Studies, University of Arizona.
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Arizona
Address: Copeland Hall Room 205
Areas of Interest & Expertise:
My areas of interest include Native and indigenous religion and spirituality, gender relations, gender and sexual identity in contemporary and historic Native North America, healing and well being, masculinity, decolonization and reindigenization, social justice, storytelling, and indigenous philosophies and social theory. Geographic areas have included the United States Southwest, the Northern Plains, and I am new learning more and more of Oklahoma.
Recent Courses Taught:
NAS 1013 “Introduction to Native American Studies”
NAS 2003 “Foundations of Native American Studies”
NAS 3113 “Native American Philosophy”
NAS 3693/5070 “Native American Religion”
NAS 4970/5970 “Two-Spirit and Native American LGBTQ Issues”
Recent Conference Presentations:
NAISA 2015, Washington D.C. Paper Presentation.
“Reading United States v Clapox et al. (1888) as colonizing Native sexuality through the courts.”
SWPAC 2014, Albuquerque, NM, Paper Presentation.
“Is Popular Culture Colonizing the term ‘Two-Spirit’?”
Current Research & Projects:
Currently I am revising a manuscript about contemporary Native identity and family in the Native American Church.
I continue to research and learn about the contemporary Two-Spirit movement and Native American gender and sexual identity.
In my ongoing research interests in indigenous social theory, I am attempting to read historic United States legal cases through decolonizing perspectives, including the case “United States v. Clapox et al. (1888).