research is energized by the problem of recognition, by its passage beyond (and
below) the aegis of the state into the grounded field of political
self-designation, self-description and subjectivity. This work is motivated by
the struggle of Kahnawake Mohawks to find the proper way to afford political
recognition to each other, their struggle to do this in different places and
spaces and the challenges of formulating membership against a history of
colonial impositions. As a result of this ethnographic engagement I am
interested especially in those formations of citizenship and nationhood that
occur in spite of state power and imposition and in particular, I am interested
in declarative and practice-oriented acts of independence. In order to stay
faithful to the words of my interlocutors I am interested as well in the use of
narrative as data, in alternative forms of ethnographic writing and in critical
forms of history. In order to stay faithful to my own wishes, I work at every
turn to enter the fields of anthropology and Native American Studies into a
critical and constructive dialogue with each other.
My second research project examines the borders of time, history and bodies
across and within what is now understood to be the United States and Canada.
Mohawk Interruptus. Durham: Duke University Press (in revision).
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2010 "Under the Sign of Sovereignty: Certainty, Ambivalence and Law in
Native North America and Indigenous Australia." Wicazo Sa Review
25 (2): 107-124.
Eunice: Membership, Colonialism and Gendered Citizenships of Grief.” Wicazo
Sa Review 24 (2): 105-129.
2008 “Comment: The ‘Problem’ of Native Mental Health: Liberalism,
Multiculturalism and the (non) Efficacy of Tears. Ethos 36 (3): 376-9.
2008 “Subjects of Sovereignty: Indigeneity, The Revenue Rule and Juridics
of Failed Consent.” Law and Contemporary Problems 71: 191-215.
2008 “From White into Red: Captivity Narratives as Alchemies of Race and
Citizenship." American Quarterly 60 (2): 251-7.
2007 “On Ethnographic Refusal: Indigeneity, ‘Voice’ and Colonial
Citizenship.” Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue 9:
2007 “On the Logic of Discernment.” American Quarterly 59 (2):
2000 “Paths Toward a Mohawk Nation: Narratives of Citizenship and
Nationhood in Kahnawake.” Duncan Ivison, Paul Patton and Will
Sanders (eds.). Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Pp: 113-136.
1999 Volume Editor, Recherches amerindiennes au Québec “Iroquois au
présent du passé” Vol. XXIX, no. 2.
1999 "Introduction: Au delà de la tradition des études iroquoises
traditionelles” [translated from English by Dominque Legros] Recherches
amerindiennes au Québec Vol. XXIX, no. 2 1999- 3-9.