Native American and Indigenous Studies

Program Type: Cluster

The Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Cluster creates space for intellectual exchange and study in the theories and topics of NAIS.  An interdisciplinary field encompassing such areas as history, law, literature, political science, medicine, environmental studies, and more, NAIS examines Native cultural expressions, legal and political issues, and lived experiences across time, place, and disciplinary categories.  NAIS produces scholarship, creative expressions, and praxis that are theoretically informed and engaged with or responsive to tribal nations and communities and that seek to understand and transform political, pedagogical, and institutional structures grounded in settler colonialism.  The NAIS Cluster aims to create opportunities and training in NAIS for our students through our invited speakers, yearly themes, professionalization workshops, mentoring and symposia.  It will create a space in which faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students can come together for intellectual exchange, cross-pollination, and activism.  

See Native American and Indigenous Studies Cluster Requirements for specific courses and procedures needed to complete this program.

How to Participate

Matriculating graduate students interested in participating in this cluster should indicate their interest when they apply to their respective graduate programs. Current graduate students interested in participating in this cluster should contact Professor Doug Kiel at doug.kiel@northwestern.edu.

Who to Contact

Please contact the program director, listed below, with questions about this program. Or, explore the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research website for more information.

Doug Kiel
Assistant Professor of History
Email: doug.kiel@northwestern.edu
Phone: (847) 467-4821