Dr. Margaret M. Bruchac - Academic Degrees & Appointments, Fellowships, Museum Consulting
2007: Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
2003: Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
1999: BA in Theater and History, Smith Scholar, Smith College, Northampton, MA
“Historical Erasure and Cultural Recovery: Indigenous People in the Connecticut River Valley”
“Earthshapers and Placemakers: Algonkian Indian Stories and the Landscape"
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
Native American Studies (material culture, history, folklore, language, sovereignty)
American Studies (colonial encounters, conflict, gender relations, human rights)
Cultural Performance (performance art, ritual dance, oral traditions, music)
Indigenous Archaeologies (cultural landscapes, material analysis, historical erasure)
Museum Anthropology (collection, representation, cultural property, repatriation)
ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS & COURSES TAUGHT 2013 - present: Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Associate Professor in the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
ANTH 199 "Wampum: Decorative Art, Museum Property, Cultural Heritage"
ANTH 307 "Contemporary Native Americans: Intro to Native American Studies"
ANTH 308 "Ethnohistory of the Native Northeast"
ANTH 528 "Performing Culture, Native American Arts" 2008 - 2012: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Coordinator of Native American & Indigenous Studies, University of Connecticut at Storrs and Avery Point, CT.
ANTH 3904 "Ethnohistory of Native New England"
ANTH 3451 “Native American Arts: Expressions of Spirit, Identity, Connection”
ANTH/ART 3027 “Contemporary Native Americans: Colonial Images and Modern Politics”
ANTH 2511 “Anthropology of Museums: Memory, Place, Power, Representation”
ANTH 1201 “Introduction to American Studies”
AMST 1201 "Introduction to American Studies"
INTD 1820 “Indigenous People and the Environment” 2008: Visiting Lecturer, American Studies Department, Tufts University, Medford, MA.
AMST 185 "Native American Issues: the Politics of Representation." 2007: McLellan Distinguished Visiting Professor in North Country History and Culture, History Department, State University of New York, Plattsburgh, NY.
HIST 300 "Abenaki History on Lake Champlain: Encounters in Ndakinna." 2006-2007: Teaching Associate, Social Thought and Political Economy Program (STPEC), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
STPEC 493 "Decolonizing the Academy, Re-framing Social and Political Theory"
STPEC 492 “Reconsidering Native Presence in the Connecticut River Valley”
STPEC 394 “Decolonizing Methodologies in Global and Local Contexts” 2006: Repatriation Coordinator, Anthropology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. 2006: Adjunct Faculty, English Department, Keene State College, Keene, NH.
AMST/ENGL 210 "Encountering the Other during the French & Indian War, 1754-1763." 2006: Visiting Lecturer, Anthropology Department, Smith College Northampton, MA.
ANTH 258 "Performing Culture" 2005: Teaching Associate, Anthropology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
ANTH 197 "Introduction to Native American Indian Studies" 2005: Five College Fellow, Anthropology Department, Amherst College, Amherst, MA. ANTH 36 "Reconsidering Native Presence in the Connecticut River Valley" 2001 - 2002: Teaching Assistant, Anthropology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
ANTH 104 “Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Culture, Society, People." 2000: Teaching Assistant, Anthropology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
ANTH 270 “North American Indians"
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS & ARTISTIC RESIDENCIES
2011-2012: Katrin H. Lamon Scholar in Residence Fellowship, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM. 2011-2012: Ford Foundation Fellowship for Excellence in College and University Teaching, National Research Council of the National Academies, Washington, DC. 2011: Phillips Fund for Native American Research Fellowship, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA.
2010: Franklin Library Resident Research Fellowship, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA.
2009: Writer in Residence for Wabanaki Writers Project, sponsored by the Penobscot Nation, and the Maine Writing Project at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development, Orono, ME.
2007: Finalist for Distinguished Teaching Award, Office of the Provost, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
2007: McLellan Distinguished Visiting Professorship in North Country History and
Culture, History Department, State University of New York, Plattsburgh, NY
2006 - 2007: Visiting Indigenous Fellow and Native American Liaison, History Department and Folklore Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. 2006: Aesop Award for Malian’s Song, American Folklore Society, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. 2004 - 2005: Five College Minority Dissertation Fellowship, Anthropology Department, Amherst College, and Five Colleges, Inc., Amherst, MA . 2004: Storyteller of the Year: Academic Writing Award for "Earthshapers and Placemakers" Masters Project, Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers & Storytellers. 2002 - 2004: Two Graduate School Fellowships, Anthropology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. 2002: Storyteller of the Year: Historical Writing Award for "1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving," Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers & Storytellers. 2000: European Studies Grant for Field Research in the Netherlands, European Studies Program, Anthropology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. 2001: Performing Artist in Residence for play, "Giving Thanks," directed by Elizabeth Theobald, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Ledyard, CT. 1999 - 2000: Sylvia Forman Scholarship for Minorities, Anthropology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. 1999: Jeanne McFarland Women’s History Award for "The Female Soldier on Stage: Deborah Sampson," Women’s History Department, Smith College, Northampton, MA. 1998 - 1999: Two Five College Theater Awards for "Staging the Indian" and "molly has her say," Five College Theater Departments, Five Colleges Inc., Amherst, MA. 1998 - 1999: Bay State Historical League Scholar in Residence, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA. 1998: Jeanne McFarland Women’s History Award for "Mohegan Women and Cultural Expression," Women’s History Department, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
CONSULTING WORK FOR HISTORICAL MUSEUMS (partial list) 2006 - 2007: Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance & New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston, MA. Planning committee, “Native Arts Initiative” funded by the Ford Foundation IllumiNation Program. 2006: Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mashantucket, CT. Exhibition consultant for “Baskets and Community in Southern New England” for Curator Stephen Cook. 2005: Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, MA. Writer for walking tour text, “Pocumtuck Homeland” for Education Program Coordinator Claire Carlson. 2004: Historic Deerfield Inc. and Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA. Native American liaison and performer for “1704/2004 Commemoration” and “Beyond 1704” for Philip Zea, President of HD, and Timothy Neumann, Executive Director of PVMA. 2003: Historic Deerfield and Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA. Exhibition consultant for “Remembering 1704: Context and Commemoration, Raid on Deerfield” for Curators Suzanne Flynt, Angela Goebel-Bain, Jessica Neuwirth, and Amanda Rivera-Lopez. 2002 - 2005: Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA. Writer, advisor, and reviewer for "Raid on Deerfield: The Many Voices of 1704" web site. 2001: Robert Abbé Museum, Bar Harbor, ME. Exhibition consultant for “Four Mollys: Women of the Dawn” for Curator Bunny McBride. 1999: Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA. Exhibition consultant for “Enduring Americans: American Indian Presence” for Curator Edward Hood. 1999: Robert S. Peabody Museum, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. Exhibition reviewer for “Mikwitemanej Mikmanaqi’k” for Curator Leah Rosenmeier. 1999: Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA. Exhibition consultant for “Medicine in Nineteenth-Century New England” for Curator Nan Wolverton. 1999: Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester, MA. Exhibition consultant for “Presence and Persistence: Nipmuc Indians” for Curator Holly Izard. 1997 - present: Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA. Historical interpreter for more than 400 performances as “Molly Geet, the Indian Doctress” and staff training for “Interpreting Diversity and Prejudice in Nineteenth Century New England.”
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY SERVICE 2009 - present: Secretary, Council for Museum Anthropology, American Anthropological Association 2007 - 2009: Board of Trustees, Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, MA 2004 - 2007: Board of Trustees, Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY 2003 - 2010: Five College Repatriation Committee Research Liaison, Amherst, MA 2003 - present: Indigenous Archaeology Advisory Board, World Archaeology Congress 2001 - 2009: University of Massachusetts Anthropology Department Repatriation Committee, Amherst, MA
1998 - 2009: Advisory Board, Wampanoag Indigenous Program, Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, MA 1998 - 2009: Board of Trustees, Historic Northampton, Northampton, MA 1995 - 2008: Five College Native American Indian Studies Curriculum Committee, Amherst, MA
NOTE: Also see listings for publications, conference presentations, colloquia, and performance events elsewhere on this site.
All text and photographs copyright 2008 by Margaret M. Bruchac and Justin H. Kennick. All rights reserved.