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Fall 2015

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Kasey R Keeler

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Dissertation Title: "Indigenous Suburbs: American Indian People, Policies, and Places, 1880-2010" As a PhD candidate, my research examines suburbs as historically Indian places with a particular focus on the suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Simultaneously my work also centers American Indian people as active participants in and integral to the suburbanization process, specifically as it unfolded throughout the mid-twentieth century. I use an interdisciplinary methodology, including quantitative data, archival records, and public perceptions of place/historical memory, to examine and think about American Indian in suburbs over time. In my work I pay close attention to both federal Indian policies of the twentieth century as well as federal housing policies at mid-century that spurred on and supported (white) suburbanization. My dissertation is composed of five major thematic and temporal areas that covers (1) Dakota and Ojibwe claims to space across the Twin Cities metro area, (2) labor and migration/movements of Indian people prior to Relocation, (3) the complicated processes of suburbanization at mid-century, (4) American Indian homeownership, and (5) other national examples of American Indian suburbanization (Oklahoma City, Denver, Chicago, and the Bay Area). I am an active participant of the American Indian & Indigenous Studies Workshop on campus and am strongly committed to working with the local Native community.


  • American Indian Urbanization and Suburbanization
  • American Indian Policies of the Twentieth Century
  • Suburbanization
  • Housing Policies

Educational Background

  • B.A.: Political Science, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, 2005.


  • Article currently under review at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal titled, "Putting People Where They Belong: American Indian Housing Policy in the Mid-Twentieth Century"

Professional Activities

  • Member: American Indian & Indigenous Studies Workshop:
  • Member: Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA)
  • Member: Minnesota Population Center:
  • Member: American Society for Ethnohistory:


  • Recipient of a Interdisciplinary Fellowship at the U of M, 2012 - 2013
  • Recipient of a Graduate Research Partnership Program Fellowship at the U of M, 2013
  • Recipient of the Frances C. Allen and Newberry Consortium for American Indian Studies Fellowship, 2013
  • Graduate Student Paper Prize, Honorable Mention for my conference paper titled, "In Search of Work and Memories: American Indian Migrations to Minnesota's Twin Cities in the Mid Twentieth Century" at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Annual Conference, 2014
  • Recipient of a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship at the U of M, , 2014 - 2015

Courses Taught

  • AMST 3114: America in International Perspecitve
  • AMIN 1001: American Indian Peoples in the United States
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