Kat Hayes

College of Liberal Arts
Twin Cities

Award Year
University Award
Distinguished Teachers Graduate and Professional
Section B

, Location 45

Professor Kat Hayes is an extraordinary scholar and teacher in the interdisciplines of historical archaeology, heritage studies, public history, and American Indian studies. Her work as a mentor-advocate-scholar is influential in many fields and centers the histories of marginalized and underrepresented peoples. Dr. Hayes’ program-building, curriculum design, and student facing research program all greatly benefit UMN graduate students, contributing to the development of a new generation of ethically-motivated, justice-oriented scholars, advocates, and community leaders.