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Kathryn Shanley

Kathryn Shanley teaches in Native American Studies at the University of Montana and serves as Special Assistant to the Provost for Native American and Indigenous Education. She earned an MA (Diaspora Literature) and a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in Native American literature at the University of Michigan in 1987. An enrolled member of the Ft. Peck Assiniboine (Nakoda) Tribe, Dr. Shanley grew up on the reservation. Her research interests include the work of James Welch, Blackfeet/Gros Ventre writer, gender issues in Indigenous studies, Native American religious autobiography, and Indigenous Knowledge-based theory. She is the University of Montana project director for a collaboration with the Sami Studies Center at the University of Tromso, Norway, and also collaborates with faculty at Maori Studies, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. Dr. Shanley serves as the Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship regional liaison and on boards for National Academy of Sciences Fellowships, the executive committee of the Modern Language Association, Division of American Indian Literatures, and (for eight years) on the American Indian Graduate Center. Recognition of her leadership extends to her inclusion in Notable Native Americans and the Dictionary of American Indian Women. Before coming to the University of Montana in 1999 to become the first chair of Native American Studies, Dr. Shanley previously held positions at Cornell University and the University of Washington. As chair of NAS at UM, she worked for seven years to raise funds to build a new Native American Center which will be dedicated in the spring.