NAISAB Steering Committee

Paja Faudree

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Center for the Study and Race and Ethnicity Studies 
  • Focus: indigenous social movements Latin America; indigenous politics; indigenous languages and literatures; indigenous plant and medicinal knowledge; New World ethnohistory and the politics of writing 

Linford Fisher

  • Associate Professor of History
  • Focus: colonial America, the Atlantic World, American Indians (especially the contact period through the end of the eighteenth century), material culture, the history of slavery, and the history of religion in America

Elizabeth Hoover

  • Assistant Professor of American Studies 
  • Focus: Native American environmental health, Native American food movements, community based participatory research, indigenous museum curation 

Shankar Prasad

Robert W. Preucel

  • Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • Director, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
  • Focus: Indigeneity, indigenous archaeology, representational practices, museums, sovereignty, NAGPRA

Neil Safier

  • Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian at The John Carter Brown Library
  • Associate Professor of History
  • Focus: 18th-century European colonialism, Brazil, South America
NAIS General Faculty

Scott AnderBois

  • Assistant Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
  • Focus: Linguistic semantic pragmatics, Yucatec Maya

Geri Augusto

  • Gerard Visiting Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Africana Studies, Watson Institute Faculty Fellow, and Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Institute at Brown  for  Environment & Society (IBES)
  • Focus: Knowledge of the enslaved, indigenous knowledge studies, epistemic interaction, colonial botany, indigenous medico-botanical knowledges in Southern Africa and the African diaspora

Nathaniel Berman

  • Rahel Varnhagen Professor of International Affairs, Law, and Modern Culture – Cogut Center for the Humanities
  • Focus: Construction of modern internationalism through its relationships to nationalism, colonialism, and religion; Indigenous Peoples in International and U.S. Law

Mark Cladis

Robert Douglas Cope

  • Associate Professor of History
  • Focus: Multi-ethnic societies in Mexico and Latin America

Sarah dAngelo

  • Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
  • Focus: Indigenous and non-western performance practices, contemporary Native American Theatre, solo performance and multi-media performance

Bathsheba Demuth

Stephen Houston

  • Dupee Family Professor of Social Science and Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Focus: Maya archaeology and writing; Pre-columbian civilizations of Latin America; ancient writing and imagery; historical linguistics of the New World; comparative studies of kings, courts, and aristocracy; indigenous concepts of materials 

Evelyn Hu-Dehart

Karla Kaun

  • Robert J and Nancy D Carney Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

  • Focus: molecular and neural mechanisms underlying drug addiction​


Adrienne Keene

  • Assistant Professor of American Studies
  • Focus: Native American education, cultural appropriation

Jessaca Leinaweaver

  • Associate Professsor of Anthropology, Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Focus: Peru and the Peruvian diaspora

Amanda Lynch

  • Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences and Environment and Society; Director of the Brown Institute for Environment and Society
  • Focus: Indigenous knowledge, global change
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Jeremy R. Mumford

Patricia Rubertone

  • Professor of Anthropology
  • Focus: Indigenous Archaeology; Colonialism; Commemoration, Representation, and Native American History; Urban [Indian] Homelands; North America, especially, New England 

Andrew Scherer

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Undergraduate Advisor; Anthropology
  • Focus: Classic period Maya, political and social organization, ritual and religion, diet and health

Christopher Joshua Tucker

Parker VanValkenburgh

  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  • Focus: Space and landscape, political subjectivity, colonialism, GIS and Spatial Analysis, ceramics, Andes​