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Fall 2015

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Akikwe J Cornell

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Akikwe Cornell is a Doctoral Candidate in American Studies at the University of Minnesota and an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan. Her dissertation, “Camouflaged Indians: American Indian Veterans in the United States Armed Forces,” argues that American Indians serving in the Armed Forces work through American imperialism and colonialism to assert their political and cultural identities as separate and distinct from the American nation-state that symbolically wields Indianness in an effort to disavow Indigenous sovereignty. This research investigates how and why the contributions of Native veterans have been overlooked through an examination of the significance and symbolism of the United States military’s use of metaphors and representations of Native veterans in popular discourse and popular culture.


  • American Indian/Indigenous Studies
  • Popular Culture Studies
  • Film and Media Studies
  • American Indian Literatures and Theories
  • American Indian History

Educational Background

  • B.A.: American Studies, specializations in American Indian Studies and Film Studies, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2010.

Professional Activities

  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association: Member
  • American Studies Association: Member
  • American Society for Ethnohistory: Member
  • Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association: Member
  • Community of Scholars: Member
  • American Indian and Indigenous Studies Workshop: Member


  • American Indian Studies Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Michigan State University, 2015 - 2016
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota (declined), 2015 - 2016
  • Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Graduate Research Partnership Program Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2014
  • Diversity of Views and Experiences Dissertation Summer Research Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2013
  • Diversity of Views and Experiences Pre-Dissertation Summer Research Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2012
  • Diversity of Views and Experiences Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2010 - 2011
  • Community of Scholars Program Summer Institute, University of Minnesota, 2010

Courses Taught

  • HST 110: Historical Approaches to Contemporary Issues – American Indians in Film, Michigan State University, (Instructor)
  • AMST 2011: The United States since September 11, University of Minnesota (Instructor)
  • AMST 3113W: America’s Diverse Cultures, University of Minnesota (Instructor)
  • AMST 4101: Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in America, University of Minnesota (Teaching Assistant)
  • AMST 3252: American Popular Culture and Politics: 1900-1940, University of Minnesota (Teaching Assistant)
  • AMST 2011: The United States since September 11, (Teaching Assistant)
  • AMIN 3402: American Indians and the Cinema, (Teaching Assistant)
  • AMIN 1001: American Indian Peoples in the United States, (Teaching Assistant)
  • AMIN 1003- American Indians in Minnesota, (Teaching Assistant)
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