Jean O'Brien

History American Indian Studies
Twin Cities

Award Year
University Award
Distinguished McKnight University Professors
Research Title
Indigenous Sovereignty and the State

Section A, Location 14

Jean O’Brien’s pioneering scholarship on Indigenous survival and self-determination within the settler state stands at the forefront of a new global approach to Indigenous studies. Her work has overturned conventional accounts of Indigenous history in the northeastern U.S., challenging national narratives that have written Indigenous peoples out of existence. She is co-founder and served as second president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, the premier association for global Indigenous studies.