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Kasey Keeler

Assistant Professor: Civil Society and Community Studies (50%) and American Indian Studies (50%)
Civil Society and Community Studies Department; Community and Nonprofit Leadership Major
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“So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked, ‘When will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]?,’ and I say ‘When there are nine,’ people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”

–Ruth Bader Ginsburg

My current research is at the intersection of federal Indian policy and federal housing policy. My research interests include American Indian representations, American Indian housing and community development, access to education/capital/employment for American Indians, food sovereignty, histories of place, settler colonialism, and current events across Indian Country. My ongoing research highlights the key inequalities in access to as well as distribution of federal funds for housing more generally, but for American Indian housing and homeownership in particular. This is a rich area of study because today the majority of American Indian people live off-reservation, and home residence has significant influence on education and employment outcomes.

I am currently working on my book manuscript, American Indians and the American Dream, which analyzes the ways in which American Indian people have worked both against and with federal Indian policy to navigate homeownership both off- and on-reservation.

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PhD, American Studies, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
BA, Political Science, University of Wisconsin–Madison


American Indian Studies Department

Recent press

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Week with Kasey Keeler, WORT Radio, October 16, 2020
Badgering: Kasey Keeler ‘05, Wisconsin Alumni Association, March 24, 2020
Uprooted: The 1950’s plan to erase Indian Country, Minnesota Public Radio, November 4, 2019
Uprooted: The 1950’s plan to erase Indian Country, APM Reports (American Public Media), November 1, 2019

Community and Nonprofit Leadership (CSCS 460)

Introduction to American Indian Studies (AIS 100)

First book, American Indians and the American Dream: Policies, Place, and Property in Minnesota, under contract with University of Minnesota Press.