Scholarship on the colonization of the Americas, which depended on taking indigenous land and exploiting enslaved native and African labor, often contends separately with the key concepts of racial formation, individual and group trauma, and the narrativization of traumatic events. This project brings together scholars across African American studies, Latin American history, Psychology, and Native American studies to jointly consider the intersection of race and trauma as shaped and transmitted through narrative acts. We will investigate the efficacy of transferring psychological definitions of "historical trauma" to the humanities-oriented field of history; the processing of narrative (vs. quantitative data) in the human mind; and the effectiveness of drawing on historical narrative for contemporary assessments of and interventions for native and black well being. Exploring these questions as a team will bring new findings and forms of analysis to each of these fields.
Presented at the American Psychological Association Conference, San Francisco, CA
Towards an Extant Red Ecology: The Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, the Little Rocky Mountains, and American Indian Environmental Resistance
Presented at the Ways of Knowing Graduate Conference at Harvard Divinity School.
The Story of "Ashley's Sack": A Family Heirloom in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture
$ 35,700 grant from the NEH Public Scholars Program.
$50,400 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
$92,000 from the American Council of Learned Societies.
Presented at the UROP Symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Presented at the University of Pittsburgh.
Published in the Hispanic American Historical Review.