Courses

Starting in Fall 2020, the courses listed below are organized into three categories.

HUNAP Faculty - Courses are taught by members of HUNAP’s faculty board and cover Indigenous topics.

Indigenous Focused - Courses taught by members of the general faculty at Harvard and cover Indigenous topics as their primary focus.

Indigenous Units/Readings Featured - Courses taught by the general faculty and may have components of their course related to Indigenous topics. 

Fall 2020 - HUNAP Faculty

ANTHRO 2859: Colonial Encounters, Postcolonial Disorders

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Joseph Gone and Byron Good 
Time(s): Tuesdays, TBD

This course will engage three major themes. First, it will review issues related to the complex relationships between anthropology and colonialism(s) and their after lives in the postcolonial settings in which anthropologists work. While it is not a course focused narrowly on anthropology and...

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GENED 1105: Can We Know Our Past?

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Matt Liebmann 
Monday/Wednesday 10:00 AM 

What happened in the past? How do you know? Even though today we take great pains to document every major event that occurs, more than 99% of human history is not written down. How, then, can we determine with any certainty what people did, let alone thought about, hundreds, thousands, and even millions of...

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HISTORY 1006: Introduction to Native American and Indigenous

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Philip J Deloria 
Monday/Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM 

In the 2010 U.S. Census, 5.2 million people identified themselves as being of American Indian or Alaska Native descent.  Of these, 2.9 million identified themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native alone, about 1.7 percent of the nation’s population.  These demographics...

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History 14M.01: “Black Indians”: History, Identity, Theory

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Tiya Miles 
Wednesdays 12-2:45pm 

 In 1920, Carter G. Woodson (the “father of Black history”) argued the following in the Journal of Negro History: “One of the longest unwritten chapters of the history of the United States is that treating of the relations of the Negroes and the Indians.” Historians have endeavored to write that...

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Tribal Sovereignty Reading Group

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

(Open to 1L HLS students only) 
Professor Joseph William Singer 
Tentative Meeting Dates: Meeting time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm  
Dates: Tue Sept 15, Tue Sept 29, Wed Oct 14, Tue Oct 27 

There are currently 574 federally-recognized Indian nations within the territorial boundaries of the United States. The U.S. has...

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Fall 2020 - Indigenous Focused

STU 1501 This Land is Your Land (M1)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Daniel D'Oca
Tuesday/Thursday  2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

 

In the US, there are over 300 federal Indian reservations, covering over 50 million acres of land in 36 states. However, a majority of Native Americans—as many as 78 percent—live off reservations in urban areas. Since the passage of the Indian Relocation Act of 1956, which encouraged Native Americans to assimilate into the general population by moving to cities, the population of so-called “urban Indians” has been increasing rapidly. But the assumptions behind the Indian Relocation Act and similarly...

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HIST-LIT 90EM: Empire and Archive in the Colonial Americas

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Alan Niles 
Wednesdays 12:00-2:45 

How do we know the histories of colonialism and empire? In this course, we will study how European expansion in the Americas fueled and was fueled by the production of records and representations of colonial spaces and their peoples. We will study how violence and resistance shaped alternative systems of...

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IGA 671: Policy and Social Innovation for the Changing Arctic

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Halla Logadottir 
Tuesdays/Thursdays 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM (or 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM on Thursday) 

Climate change is transforming the Arctic region. The region is warming at least twice as fast as the global average, and as the ice retreats on the top of our planet, it is unleashing challenges with local, regional, and global implications across multiple policy...

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HLS 2193: Natural Resources Law

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Robert Anderson (Oneida Nation Law Chair at HLS) 
Monday/Tuesday 9:10 AM – 10:10 AM 

This course will provide you with a basic understanding and overview of the fundamental principles of public land law and federal natural resource management. The class covers general principles and several federal resources management regimes with a brief...

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HLS 2002: American Indian Law

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Robert Anderson (Oneida Nation Law Chair at HLS) 
Monday/Tuesday 3:20 PM – 4:50 PM 

Students in this class will study the colonization process leading to the present day status of Indian tribes as sovereigns within the United States. We will study the policies, statutes, and caselaw that makes up the fabric of federal Indian law. Equal...

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Fall 2020 - Indigenous Units/Readings in Course

WOMGEN 97: Tutorial - Sophomore Year “Dreams of a Common Language”

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2020

Caroline Light
Tuesday/Thursday 10:30 am - 11:45 am

This course provides an introduction (in no way exhaustively) to key concepts and texts in the study of women, gender, and sexuality. Together, we will develop a shared vocabulary to help prepare you for advanced study in the concentration. We will become adept in using foundational concepts such as essentialism, historical “waves” of feminism, intersectionality, homonationalism, neoliberalism, borderlands, mestiza consciousness, critical trans studies, and gender as a category of analysis. We will...

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WOMGEN 1278 Interracial Intimacy: Sex, Race, and Romance in the U.S.

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Marya T. Mtshali
Tuesday, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

What assumptions about race and sex are embedded in the term “interracial,” and why are different types of interracial relationships viewed differently? How did White fears of relationships between Black men and White women influence the creation of the Ku Klux Klan? How did the story of Pocahontas influence the development of a settler colonial state?  This course investigates the significance of interracial intimate relations throughout United States history and through the lens of race, class, gender, and sexual...

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HDS 3133 Religion and Race in the US: Case Studies on Brutality, Resistance, and Imagination II

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Melissa Bartholomew, Diana Moore
Tuesdays, 3:00 pm - 4:59 pm

 

Beginning with the arrival of Europeans in lands now known as the United States and continuing to the present day, religion has been and remains a powerful force in sanctioning white supremacy, inspiring resistance, and cultivating moral imagination. In this seminar, we will adopt a critical race theory framework to explore a series of case studies focused on race and racism in the U.S. to examine the complex ways that religion functions in explicit and implicit ways to promote and mitigate...

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WOMGEN 1310 Transgender Rights and the Law: Assumptions and Critiques

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Kendra Albert
Monday, 6 - 8:30 pm

How does American law treat transgender, genderfluid, nonbinary, agender, and gender‐nonconforming people? What assumptions about gender operate in legal doctrines, and how do these assumptions interact with the lives of transgender people, especially those at the intersection of multiple axes of oppression?

This seminar will discuss contemporary cases involving transgender rights, as well as historical cases where the rights of transgender people were directly or indirectly contested. Readings will incorporate case law, sociological...

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SOCIOL 90EQ: Research Lab: Equity through Inquiry: Pedagogy, Research, and Capacity Building Strategy Lab

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Flavia Perea 
Tuesdays, 12:45-2:45 (can be changed to better meet the needs of all students in the course) 

Course Description: This course will examine the principles and methods of community based, participatory, action, and decolonizing approaches to inquiry. In addition to developing this knowledge and skill-set among students in the course, the purpose of...

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Fall 2020 - Other Course Resources

The following links are to additional course resources on campus.

  • Courses on race, ethnicity and racism (Fall 2020) LINK
  • Ethnicity, Migration, Rights list of courses (Fall 2020) *coming soon*

Spring 2020

ANTHRO 163 Megafauna Among Us: Humans and Other Charismatic Animals

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Zoe Eddy
Thursdays, 3:00pm-5:45pm

Whales, wolves, great apes, big cats, buffalo, bears-- these animals populate human cultural imaginations. From animal advocacy groups to zoos to movies, so-called "charismatic megafauna" and/or “flagship species” dominate a wide swath of debates. By focusing on a selection of animals, this course explores a) how people interpret these animals, and b) how human interactions impact these animals and their natural environments. Organized around different animals and the controversies, questions, and events...

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EDU S515 Emancipatory Inquiry: Listening, Learning, and Acting for Social Change

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Aaliyah El-Amin
Wednesdays, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Throughout history, social justice movements and social justice organizations have utilized disciplined inquiry or research to highlight untold stories, illuminate goodness, expose power and colonialism, and offer pathways to more equity and freedom. Yet, we often do not provide educators or doctoral students with research methodology training oriented to these aims. More specifically, we often do not provide educators in the field or doctoral students with research methodology training beyond those...

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EDU T017: Alternative Modes of Education

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Houman Harouni
Thursday 5:00pm-8:00pm

The purpose of this course is to question prevailing, relatively uniform and quite limiting forms of education in light of approaches that escape or overcome these forms. A mode of education is more than mere content and pedagogy. It refers to ways of knowing, forms of life, conceptions of power, value systems, and structuring goals that ultimately underlie a people’s understanding of what education is and does. Therefore, this course concerns more than a simple familiarity with alternative models of learning—rather,...

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EMR 121 Native Americans in the 21st Century: Nation Building II

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Eric Henson
Tuesdays, 2:10pm-4:00pm

This field-based research course focuses on some of the major issues that Native American Indian tribes and nations face as the 21st century begins. It provides in-depth, hands-on exposure to native development issues, including: sovereignty, economic development, constitutional reform, leadership, health and social welfare, land and water rights, culture and language, religious freedom, and education. In particular, the course emphasizes problem definition, client relationships, and designing and completing a research project. The course...

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GENED 1135 Interracial Encounters in American Literature and Culture

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Ju Yon Kim
Tuesday and Thursdays, 1:30 PM - 02:45 PM

From depictions of exchanges in the early colonial Americas to efforts to envision alternate and imminent futures, this class will examine representations of interracial encounters in U.S. American culture. We will explore how various texts and performances have conceived, embodied, and reimagined the relationships not only among differently racialized groups, but also between race and nation, individual and community, and art and politics. Topics addressed in this course will include narratives of indigeneity,...

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HIST 1054: From the Little Ice Age to Climate Change: Introduction to US Environmental History

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Zachary Nowak
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00am-10:15am

What’s the problem with wilderness? Or the environmental movement? Or invasive species?  This course examines how humans thought about and used the natural world over the centuries—and the consequences of both use of and thoughts about the nature. Students will learn about food, climate change, pollution, conquest and resistance, environmentalism, and energy. This course actively seeks to show the importance of the material world and the contributions of a broad spectrum of historical actors to US...

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HIST-LIT 90EA Water Justice and Resistance in the Americas

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

James Mestaz
Tuesday 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Water is life, but is it a human right? Water governance is a contentious issue globally because humans rely on water for nearly every productive activity; moreover, it is often scarce and not distributed equally. To better understand the persistence and escalation of struggles over water access around the world, this course uses a multidisciplinary approach that allows students to examine both the social and physical shape of water in a modern and historical context. While all bodies of water deserve mention,...

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HISTSCI 123CS Starstruck! The History, Culture, and Politics of American Astronomy

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Sara Schechner
Tuesdays, 3:00pm-5:45pm

This hands-on course will introduce key episodes and issues in the history of American astronomy by close looking at rare early scientific instruments and tangible objects in Harvard collections.  Starting with the story of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and a sundial, the course will move from colonial relations with Native Americans to the controversial placement of observatories on sacred mountaintops today.  In between, we will discuss the roles of religion, politics, science, and culture in the...

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Reading Course on Muskogee Culture

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Ann Braude

Time: TBD

Initiated by a Muskogee student, this course will be advised by Prof. Ann Braude (Harvard Divinity) and Marcus Briggs-Cloud, HDS 2010. Any student interested in indigenous history and culture of the Southeastern US is welcome. Meeting time to be arranged. Permission of the Instructor required. For further information contact ann_braude@harvard.edu.

 

UPDATE: EMR 133/WGS 1204 Power, Knowledge, Identity: Critical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity: Power, Knowledge, Identity

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Eleanor Craig
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30am-11:45am

How might critical attention to race and ethnicity as they intersect with gender and sexuality—and also frameworks of indigeneity and class—shape how we study? How do these lenses shift the questions we ask, the information that counts as data, and the genres of work that we recognize as 'academic'?For those newer to studies of race and ethnicity, this course provides intersectional frameworks for recognizing what assumptions undergird academic projects and fields of study. For...

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WOMGEN 1455 Women, Men, and Other Animals

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Mel Chen
Tuesdays, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

This course explores ways in which human collectives have conceived of other animals, whether in analogical relations for scientific research, exploitative relations for food and labor, affective relations like fear, disgust, love. What are some histories of these unique interdependencies between human animals and nonhuman animals? We will critically explore the relentless and yet slippery divisions between humans and nonhuman animals, seeing them as a falsely singular, conflictual and segregatory divide that has played...

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❖ ANTHRO 1082 Moundbuilders, Birdmen, and Earth Monsters: The Archaeology of Eastern North America

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Robert Cook
Wednesdays, 9:00am-11:45am

This course introduces the archaeological study of the ancient societies of eastern North America, with a focus on the Ohio River Valley region, the first frontier of the United States. We will explore inter-related aspects of religion, economy, technology, and human biology associated with the span of time ranging from the first arrival of humans to the European invasion of the continent. The emphasis is on key forms and changes in social organization associated with shifts between foraging and farming, the...

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Fall 2019

AFVS197K: Cinemas of Resistance: Political Filmmaking Across the Globe

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Katherine Rennebohm
Fall 2019, Wednesday, 3-5:45pm

Can film change the world? What can the history of engaged film and media-making teach us about politics, and vice-versa? This course will study instances of political filmmaking from around the world: early 20th century avant-garde filmmaking, anti-colonialist and anti-imperialist cinemas, feminist and queer filmmaking, Indigenous cinemas, and more. Students will learn about different political movements, international histories of film theory and film form, and the ongoing legacies of cinemas of...

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ANTH1900: Counseling as Colonization? Native American Encounters with the Clinical Psy-ences

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Joseph Gone
Fall 2019, Mondays, 12:00pm-2:45pm 

American Indian, First Nations, and other Indigenous communities of the USA and Canada contend with disproportionately high rates of “psychiatric” distress. Many of these communities attribute this distress to their long colonial encounters with European settlers. Concurrently, throughout the 20th century, the disciplines and professions associated with mind, brain, and behavior (e.g., psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis) consolidated their authority and influence within mainstream society. These “psy-...

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ANTHRO1190: The Invasion of America: The Anthropology of American Encounters, 1492-1830

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Matt Liebmann
Fall 2019, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:15pm

In 1492 Native Americans discovered Europeans, changing the world forever. The European invasion of the Americas triggered demographic, economic, and ecological changes on an unprecedented scale. The subsequent movement of plants, animals, and goods prompted global shifts in population, exploitation of resources, and the transformation of environments on both sides of the Atlantic. What can archaeology tell us about early encounters between Native Americans and Europeans? Why did the European...

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DPI391: Race, Inequality, and American Democracy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Megan Francis
Fall 2019, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:15-2:30pm

The United States’ global dominance has long been the envy of the world. But the role of race to native born and newcomer alike has been treated often as aberrational, an unfortunate artifact of the nation’s past. This course examines the nature of race at the heart of the American project through the lens of wealth creation, labor markets, political culture, social institutions, immigration and civic life. Although race often attaches to people of color, racial identity and ideology have been...

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ENGLISH282A: Ethnic Studies: Past, Present Future

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Ju Yon Kim
Fall 2019, Tuesdays, 9:45-11:45am

An interdisciplinary graduate research seminar exploring cutting-edge approaches in ethnic studies. From its institutional beginnings in the late-1960s, the field of ethnic studies built frameworks to critically examine questions of inequality and power through intersecting analytical paradigms of race, indigeneity, gender, sexuality, class, and citizenship. With visiting scholars at Harvard’s Warren Center, students will explore how such frameworks remain useful and relevant, interrogate limitations and...

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FRSEMR631: The First Americans: Portraits of Indigenous Power and Diplomacy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Shawon Kinew
Fall 2019, Friday, 12-2:45pm

Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is home to 25 oil portraits of indigenous American leaders painted in the first half of the 19th century. Originally commissioned to preserve cultures an American bureaucrat feared would be extinct, these paintings transcend a moribund history. In fact, the Native American nations represented are still here. Moreover, these portraits have much to teach us about diplomacy, power, representation and indigeneity in 2019. The Peabody portraits, painted by the...

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HIST-LIT90DJ: From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: Native America in the Twentieth Century

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Christopher Clements
Fall 2019, Mondays, 9:45-11:45am

This course will explore various forms of Native American cultural and political production in the twentieth century. Drawing on fiction, film, historical documents, documentaries, photographs, nonfiction, and memoirs, this class will explore the ways in which Indigenous people have articulated both belonging and separateness from the United States. In addition to its focus on key aspects of modern indigenous culture and politics—sovereignty, self-determination, decolonization, anti-racism, gender...

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HIST14M: “Black Indians”: The Making of an Identity

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Tiya Miles
Fall 2019, Wednesday, 12-2pm

This seminar will explore intersections in African American and Native American histories with an emphasis on pivotal moments in the shaping of a modern identity referred to as “Black Indian.” Students in this seminar will explore and analyze historical contexts and contingencies leading to thick interactions between people of African descent and indigenous Americans as well as experiential testimony by individuals asserting mixed race and/or bi-cultural Afro-Native identities. During our time together, students will...

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HL90DX: Environmental Justice in North America

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Arianne Sedef Urus
Fall 2019, Wednesdays, 9:45 – 11:45am

This course examines how the right to natural resources became contested in North America following European conquest and westward expansion, with a particular emphasis on the period before 1865. Sometimes these contested resources have been clean air, soil, and water, while at other times they included fisheries, forests, agricultural fields, animal pastures, or oil. From when pilgrims first arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620, race, class, and gender have been the determining factors in regulating...

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RELIGION1519: Issues in the Studies of Native American Religion

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Anne Braude
Fall 2019, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:45am

Based around a series of traditionalist guest speakers, this course interrogates the study of religion in general and of Native American traditions in particular in light of indigenous religious experiences, perspectives and histories. Questions of appropriation, repatriation and religious freedom will be approached through legal as well as cultural frameworks.