Dr. Grant P. Arndt
Department of Anthropology
Iowa State University
319A Curtiss Hall
Ames, Iowa 50011-1050
06/2004 The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Doctor of Philosophy, Anthropology
Dissertation: No Middle Ground: Ho-Chunk Powwows and the Production of Social Space in Native Wisconsin.
Committee: Raymond Fogelson, Michael Silverstein, Elizabeth Povinelli, Terry Straus
12/1997 The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Master of Arts, Anthropology
Master’s thesis: “Cosmopolitan Indians: The Creation of Chicago’s American Indian Center, 1947-1959.”
06/1994 The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, with honors, Anthropology
2008-Pres Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology & the American Indian Studies Program: 2015-Pres
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology & the American Indian Studies Program: 2008-2015
2007-2008 St. Cloud State University (Saint Cloud, MN)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
2004-2007 St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
2001-2003 University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Visiting Lecturer, American Indian and Native Studies Program
Forthcoming “Ho-Chunk Powwows and the Politics of Tradition.” Lincoln, NE: The University of Nebraska Press. [June 2016].
1998 Native Chicago (co-edited with Terry Straus). Chicago: McNaughton and Gunn, Inc.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
2015. “Voices and Votes in the Fields of Settler Society: American Indian Media and Electoral Politics in 1930s Wisconsin.” Comparative Studies in Society and History. Vol. 57, No. 3 (July).
2014 “The Emergence of Indigeneity and the Politics of Race and Culture in Native North America.” Reviews in Anthropology. Vol. 45: 79-105.
2013 “Mediating Indigeneity: Ho-Chunk Indian News and the Legacies of Settler
Colonialism.” Settler Colonialism Studies. Vol. 3, No. 2: 202-213.
2012 “Autobiography en Abyme: Indigenous Reflections on Representational Agency in the Case of Crashing Thunder.” Ethnohistory. Vol. 59, No. 1: 29-49.
2010 “The making and muting of an indigenous media activist: Imagination and ideology in Charles Round Low Cloud’s “Indian News.” American Ethnologist, Vol. 37, No. 3: 499-510.
“‘Contrary to Our Way of Thinking’: The Struggle for an American Indian Center in Chicago.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Vol. 22, No. 4: Pages 117-134.
Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters
2009 “Imagining Activist Agendas: Urban Institution-Building, Tribal Sovereignty, and the
Articulatory Moment.” American Indian Activism in the Sixties. Edited by Terry Straus and Kurt Peters. Chicago: Albatross Press. Pages 234-252.
2009 “Indigenous Agendas and Activist Genders: Chicago’s American Indian Center, Social Welfare, and Native American Women’s Urban Leadership.” Keeping the Campfires Going: Native Women’s Activism in Urban Communities. Edited by Susan Applegate Krouse and Heather Howard. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Pages 234-252.
2005 "Ho-Chunk ‘Indian Powwows’ of the Early Twentieth Century." In Powwow. Edited by Clyde Ellis, Luke Eric Lassiter, and Gary H. Dunham. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Pages 46-67.
2002 “Relocation’s Imagined Landscape and the Rise of Chicago’s Native American Community.” In Native Chicago. Edited by Terry Straus. Second Edition. Chicago: Albatross Press. [See 1998 (below)] Pages 159-172.
2001 “Amy Leicher Skenandore.” Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary. Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast, eds. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Pages 801-803.
1998 “Mapping the Move from Reservation to City: Relocation’s Imagine Landscapes and the Rise of Chicago’s Native American Community.” In Native Chicago. Edited by Terry Straus and Grant Arndt. Chicago: McNaughton and Gunn, Inc. Pages 114-27.
Non-Peer Reviewed Articles
2008 “Ho-Chunk Powwows: Innovation and Tradition in a Changing World.” The Wisconsin Magazine of History.Volume 91, Issue 3: 28-41.
1997 “Burkhardtian Cultural History and the ‘Durkheim-Mauss Bug’: Paul Radin’s
Correspondence with Edward Sapir.” History of Anthropology Newsletter. Vol. 24.
Forthcoming: Christopher A. Scales. Recording Culture: Powwow Music and the Aboriginal Recording Industry ion the Northern Plains (Duke 2012). In Ethnohistory.
2013 Matthew Krystal. Indigenous Dance and Dancing Indian: Contested Representation in the Global Era (Colorado, 2012). The Americas, 70(1), 109-111.
2009 Jeffrey Himpele, Circuits of Culture: Media, Politics and Indigenous Identity in the Andes. In Visual Anthropology. 23(4), 373-374.
2007 Herbert S. Lewis, Oneida Lives: Long-Lost Voices of the Wisconsin Oneidas. In The Journal of Anthropological Research. Vol. 63. 131-132.
2007 Heather Devine, The People Who Own Themselves: Aboriginal Ethnogenesis in a Canadian Family, 1660-1900. InThe American Review of Canadian Studies. 36(2), 362.
Work in Progress
Revise and Resubmit. “Settler Agnosia: Diagnosing the Foundations of Ethnographic Entrapment, Settlerness, and Racialization in the Field of Indigenous Struggles.” [R & R American Ethnologist, 1/2015.]
Invited International Presentation
2009 Sixth German-American Frontier of Humanities Symposium, “Sovereign Bodies, Subject Bodies.” Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and American Philosophical Society. Potsdam, Germany, October 15-18.
International Conference Presentation
2006 52nd Annual Congress of the Americanists, Seville, Spain, July 2006.
Paper: “The Burdens of Indigenous Self-Representation: Ho-Chunk Tourist
Performances at the Wisconsin Dells.” For the panel, “Representing Indigeneity”
National Conference Presentations
2015 American Anthropological Association, Denver, CO
Paper: “Dispossession, Governance and Tourism: Staging “Injun Summer” in the Wisconsin Dells.”
For the panel: “Dispossession as Governance/Governance as Dispossession.”
2015 American Society for Ethnohistory, Las Vegas, NV
Paper: “Discovering the “Indian News”: Indigenous Media as Historical Practice”
For the panel: “Lifting the Veils on the Making of Ethnohistories”
2015 Central States Anthropological Society, Minneapolis, MN
Paper: “Articulating Traditions in Modern Nation-Building: The Politics of Powwows and other forms of Cultural Performance”
For the panel, “Indian Country Today.”
Conference Papers (cont.)
National Conference Presentations (cont.)
2014 American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC
Paper: “From ‘petrification’ to ‘articulation’: World War I and the sociopolitical and theoretical consequences of the revival of Ho-Chunk warrior traditions.” For the panel, “World War I, Sociopolitical Escalation/Destabilization, and the Production of Anthropology.”
2013 American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL.
Paper: “Indigeneity in Print and in Person during the Era of the Ho-Chunk Indian News.” For the panel, “Voicing Indigeneity and Engaging Publics in Print.”
2011 American Anthropological Association, Montreal, PQ.
Paper: “Mediating Indigenous Subjects and their Histories: Ho-Chunk ‘Indian News’ as an Early Example of Indigenous Media Activism.” For the panel, “Unsettled States: Indigenous Cultural Activism, Sovereignty, and the Unfinished Legacies of Settler Colonialism.”
2010 Plains Anthropological Society, Bismarck, ND.
Paper: “Ho-Chunk ‘Indian News’ and the Cultural Politics of Media Activism” For the panel, “Writing (Public) Anthropology: Activism, Academia, and Acceptance.”
2010 Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Tucson, AZ
Paper: “Exposing the Hidden Legacies of Ho-Chunk Dispossession: “Indian News” and the Struggle over Hunting Laws in 1930s Wisconsin.”
2008 57th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, Northfield, MN
Discussant: “The Social Consequences of Neoliberal Development in China.”
2008 Central States Anthropological Society, Indianapolis, IN.
Paper: “American Indian Political Imaginaries and the Struggle for Autonomy.” For the panel, “American Indian Activism in the Sixties.”
2007 American Society for Ethnohistory, Tulsa, OK
Paper: “Gifts and Profits: Struggles over Commodification and Incorporation in the History of Ho-Chunk Cultural Performance.” For the panel, “Beyond Dichotomizing Discourses: Indigenous Persistence, Conflict and Creativity within Historically Created Contexts.”
2007 American Ethnological Society, Toronto, Canada
Paper: “Cosmopolitan Indians and the Imaginary Institution of Indigenous Life in Chicago.”
2006 American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA
Paper: “The Gift of Culture: Occupying the Center at Ho-Chunk Powwows” For the panel, “The Culture in Cultural Festivals.”
2005 American Society for Ethnohistory, Santa Fe, NM
Paper: “Ho-Chunk Cultural Self-Representation at Tourist Performances: Whiteness and the Articulation of Indigenous Identity.”
2005 Central States Anthropological Society, Oxford, OH
Paper: “Powwows, Power and Profits: Intercultural Conflicts over the Meaning of Money and the Value of Culture in Early Ho-Chunk Proto-Powwows.”
2003 American Anthropological Association. Chicago, IL
Paper: “Before the People: Recognizing the Indigenous Audience in Contemporary Powwow Performance.”
Conference Papers (cont.)
National Conference Presentations (cont.)
2002 American Society for Ethnohistory, Quebec City, PQ
Paper: “No Middle Ground: Trials of the Warrior in the Making of Wisconsin, 1828-1906.”
2002 Southern Anthropological Society, Asheville, NC
Paper: Wisconsin Powwows and the Powers of Culture Performance.”
2000 American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA
Paper: “Wisconsin Powwows and the Structural Transformations of Indigenous Public Space.”
1999 American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL
Paper: “Multiculturalism and the Dangers of Ethnicization: The Cultural Politics of the Powwow at Wisconsin’s Sesquicentennial Folklife Festival.”
1998 Crossing Borders Conference. The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL
Invited Paper: “Injuring Images: The Stereotype of the “Maladjusted Indian” in Expert Understandings of Native American Urbanization.”
1997 American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC
Paper: “Cosmopolitan Indians: Identity, Place and Power in the Development of Chicago’s American Indian Center.”
1997 American Ethnological Society, Seattle, WA
Paper: “Finding Culture and History in the Voice of The Autobiography of a Winnebago Indian.”
Grants and Fellowships
2014 LAS College Small Grant Program (also 2013)
2012 Philips Fund, American Philosophical Society Library
2011 CEAH Summer Fellowship
1996-99 Century, Three-year Tuition and Stipend Fellowship
1995-96 Phoenix, Year-long Tuition Fellowship
Iowa State University
04/2011 CEAH Roundtable: "The City in Global Context: Urban Space, Architecture & Infrastructure in Cross-Cultural Perspective."
04/2010 “Exposing the Hidden Legacies of Ho-Chunk Dispossession: ‘Indian News’ and the Struggle over Hunting Laws in 1930s Wisconsin.” Works in Progress Series.
02/2010 The Ethnography of Ho-Chunk Powwows, guest lecture for Anthro 306.
11/2009 “Ho-Chunk Powwows,” Professor’s Lecture for the Anthropology Club.
St. Cloud State University
3/2008 “Gifts and Profits: Money, Culture, and Business in the Development of Ho- Chunk Powwows.” Department of Sociology & Anthropology Colloquium, St. Cloud, MN
2009-10 CELT Teaching Partners Program
2009 CELT Large Classroom Learning Community
ANTH 450. Historical and Theoretical Approaches in Anthropology
This course examines the history of anthropological theory, reflecting upon anthropology’s unique legacies and potentials as a scientific approach to key problems in contemporary life. The course also examines major global processes and ideologies that have provided the context for anthropological research from colonialism to neoliberalism with the goal of cultivating a deeper engagement among students with the questions that anthropologists seek to answer through their research. In addition to close readings of key theoretical texts and debates since the 1960s, each student develops an individual research paper exploring a particular area of theoretical concern in one of the anthropological subfields.
ANTH 419A. Special Topics in Anthropology: Media Anthropology
Mass media have become a key topic of anthropological research in recent decades, from innovative forms of Indigenous media and the role of broadcast media in the formation of national consciousness to the rise of computer-mediated communities and cultural formations. This course examines anthropological approaches to media, focusing in particular on recent work on social media. Students in the course will also carry out their own media ethnography and write a research paper on a media-related topic.
ANTH 332/532. Current Issues in Native North America (formerly 432/532)
This course exams the conditions and issues facing contemporary American Indian peoples and the historical background of contemporary life in Native North America. An overarching concern of the course is the struggle for treaty rights and the reclamation of Indigenous self-determination and sovereignty, including issues such as reservation economic development, the politics of Indigeneity and Indigenous media, as well as cultural innovation, heritage preservation and revitalization.
ANTH 322/522. Peoples and Cultures of Native North America
This course explores the major culture areas of North America north of Mexico from the archaeological to the present. It explores a number of issues, including ecology and subsistence, language, kinship, life cycle, political, economic, religious systems, and the impact of European contact. Students in this course learn the language families and tribal nations for the 12 standard culture areas in Native North America, as well as indigenous history and the impact of European colonization.
ANTH 201. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
This course provides an introduction to the comparative study of the cultures and peoples of the contemporary world (and of the recent past) from across the globe. It examines the ways in which sociocultural anthropologists use ethnographic research methods to study issues, including human-environmental relations, the organization of social groups, culture contact, colonization, globalization, and the way culture shapes gender, race, ethnicity, nationalism, and other frameworks of identity-formation. Students in the course read and discuss four anthropological studies as a way of learning about distinct parts of the contemporary world (Native North America, Western Africa, South Asia, and Western Europe), but also as exemplars of different kinds of contemporary ethnographic/anthropological research.
AMIN 210. Introduction to American Indian Studies
This course focuses on a number of key issues related to Native North America, including American Indian history, culture, politics, and economics. Topics addressed include the cultural diversity of indigenous communities, the impact of European contact and colonization, the rise of modern tribal nations in the context of the shifts of federal Indian policy, and the development of American Indian activism and politics.
Program of Study Committees
2014-pres Zachary Hudson (Horticulture Phd)-Committee Member
2014-pres Drazen Juric (Anthropology MA) – Committee Chair
2014-pres Matthew Neff (Anthropology MA)—Committee Member
2012-pres Cristin Dragos Atoms (Anthropology MA) – Committee Member
2011-2012 Jeanie Kilpatrick (Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies) – Committee Member
2010-2012 Daniel Musgrave (Anthropology, MA Awarded 2012) – Committee Member
2010-2012 Caleb Call (IGS, MA Awarded 2012) – Committee Member
2010-2011 Jennifer Vasquez (Sociology, MA Awarded 2011) – Committee Member
2009-pres Karen Bovenmyer (Anthropology MA) – Committee Member
2009-pres Trevalyn Gruber (Sociology PhD) – Committee Member
2009-2011 Kimberly Berg (Anthropology, MA Awarded 2011) – Committee Member
2009-2010 Meghan Gillette (Anthropology, MA Awarded 2010) – Committee Co-Chair
First-Year Honor Mentors Program
2013-2014 Anita Fryzek
2015 Co-organized the panel, “Dispossession as Governance/Governance as Dispossession.” At the Annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Denver, CO.
2013 Co-organized the panel, “Voicing Indigeneity and Engaging Publics in Print,” at the
Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago IL.
2015 Manuscript Review, American Ethnologist
2012 Grant Review, Iowa Humanities Council, “Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3,”
Video documentary on Ioway history in Iowa
2012 Manuscript Review: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Society
2010 Manuscript Review: Wisconsin Historical Society Press
2009 Manuscript Review: Cultural Anthropology
Manuscript Review: American Indian Culture and Research Journal
American Anthropological Association
American Ethnological Society
Society for Cultural Anthropology
Central States Anthropological Society
Leadership & Community Building Activities
2014-Present Faculty advisor, Department of Anthropology Research Symposium
2009-pres Founder and organizer of American Indian Studies Movie Night
2009-pres Co-founder and organizer of the Indigenous Studies Workshop
College & Department Committees & Boards
2014-Present Library Liaison, Department of Anthropology
2014 American Indian Studies Faculty Search Committee
2010 Anthropology-Political Science Faculty Search Committee
2009 American Indian Studies Faculty Search Committee
2009-pres Faculty Senate Representative
2008-pres Departmental Disability Liaison