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David E Wilkins

David E Wilkins

American Indian Studies 330 ScottH 72 Pleasant St SE

University Affiliations

  • Law School


  • political science
  • comparative politics
  • American Indians and federal law
  • judicial politics
  • Federal Indian Policy

Educational Background

  • B.A.: Sociology, Pembroke State University, 1976.
  • M.A.: Political Science, American Indian Policy, University of Arizona, 1982.
  • Ph.D.: Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1990.


  • The Navajo Political Experience. Wilkins, David, Rowman & Littlefield, Author, 2013.
  • Hollow Hope: Indigenous Claims in the United States. Wilkins, David, Yale University Press, Author, 2013.
  • The Legal Universe. Wilkins, David, Vine Deloria, Jr., Fulcrum Publishing, Co-Author, 2011.
  • The Hank Adams Reader. Wilkins, David, Fulcrum Publishing, Author, 2011.
  • Documents of Native American Political Development: 1500s to 1933. Wilkins, David, Oxford University Press, Author, 2009.
  • American Indian Politics and the American Political System. Wilkins, David, Rowman & Littlefield, Author, 2007.
  • On the Drafting of Tribal Constitutions. Wilkins, David, University of Oklahoma Press, Author, 2006.
  • Native Voices: American Indian Identity and Resistance. Wilkins, David, co-edited with Richard A. Grounds and George Tinker, Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2003.
  • The Navajo Political Experience. Wilkins, David, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003.
  • Uneven Ground: American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Law. Wilkins, David, Tsianina Lomawaima, Oklahoma Press, 2001.
  • American Indian Sovereignty and the U.S. Supreme Court: The Masking of Justice. Wilkins, David, Austin: University of Texas Press, 1997.

Research Activities

  • Native Governance and constitutional development; Native/State relations

Courses Taught

  • AmIn 1002 - Indigenous Peoples: A Global Perspective
  • AmIn 3501 - American Indian Tribal Government & Politics
  • AmIn 4511 - American Indian Political Economy
  • POL 8660 - Indigenous Peoples & Nation-States
  • Vine Deloria, Jr.: An Intellectual Titan
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