Sebastian Braun

Associate Professor + Director of American Indian Studies

Expertise:

  • Ecology
  • Economies
  • Cultures
  • Ethnohistory
  • Sustainability
  • American Indian Studies
  • Kinship
  • Language

Sebastian Braun became Director of American Indian Studies at ISU in 2015; he was previously chair of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of North Dakota. Earned a Lic.phil.I in Ethnology, History, and Philosophy from the University of Basel, and a MA and PhD in Anthropology (minor Folklore) from Indiana University. Among other publications, Braun is the author of Buffalo Inc. American Indians and Economic Development and editor of Transforming Ethnohistories. Narrative, Meaning, and Community. He has been writing for the International Work Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) since 2004 and is a co-founder of the American Indian Studies – Great Plains Consortium. His current interests lie in the impacts of the Bakken oil boom, and a comparative analysis of natural resource extraction in rural communities.

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CONTACT

515. 294.7139
sfbraun@iastate.edu
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CV

  • in progress “Plains” in: Handbook of North American Indians, Volume I, Introduction, edited by Igor Krupnik. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution
  • forthcoming “Mourning Ourselves and/as our Relatives: Ecology as Kinship” in: Mourning Nature: Hope at the Heart of Ecological Loss and Grief, edited by Ashlee Cunsolo Willox and Karen Landman. McGill-Queens University Press
  • 2016 “Building on Native Sovereignty. From Ethnic Membership to National Citizenship” in: Native American Nationalism and Nation Re-building. Past and Present Cases, edited by Simone Poliandri. pp. 29-59. Albany: SUNY Press
  • 2016 “Sustainability, Resiliance, and Dependency: The Great Plains Model” in: Viewing the Future in the Past: Historical Ecology Applications to Environmental Issues, edited by H. Thomas Foster, Lisa M. Paciulli, and David J. Goldstein. pp. 133-146. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press
  • 2016 “Revisited Frontiers. The Bakken, the Plains, Potential Futures, and Real Pasts” in: The Bakken goes Boom. Oil and the Changing Geographies of Western North Dakota, edited by William Caraher and Kyle Conway. pp. 91-116. Grand Forks: The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota
  • 2016 “USA” in The Indigenous World 2016. Edited by Diana Vinding and Caecilie Mikkelsen. pp. 65-74. Copenhagen: IWGIA / Edison, NJ: Transaction Publishers
  • 2016 “Estados Unidos de America” in El Mundo Indigena 2016. Edited by Diana Vinding and Caecilie Mikkelsen. Translated by IWGIA. pp.69-78. Copenhagen: IWGIA
  • 2015 “United States” in: The Indigenous World 2015. Edited by Caecilie Mikkelsen. pp.58-68. Copenhagen: IWGIA / Edison, NJ: Transaction Publishers
  • 2015 “Estados Unidos de America” in: El Mundo Indigena 2015. Edited by Caecilie Mikkelsen. Translated by IWGIA. pp. 61-72. Copenhagen: IWGIA
  • 2014 “United States of America” in: The Indigenous World 2014. Edited by Caecilie Mikkelsen. pp. 54-64. Copenhagen: IWGIA / Somerset, NJ: Transaction Publishers
  • 2014 “Estados Unidos de America” in: El Mundo Indigena 2014. Edited by Caecilie Mikkelsen. Translated by IWGIA. pp. 58-68. Copenhagen: IWGIA
  • 2014 “États-Unis d’Amérique” in: Monde Autochtone. Sevres, France: GITPA. Translated by Marie- Claude Striggler. 
  • 2013 (editor): Transforming Ethnohistories: Narrative, Meaning, and Community. University of Oklahoma Press
  • 2013 “Against Procedural Landscapes: Community, Kinship, and History” in: Transforming Ethnohistories: Narrative, Meaning, and Community, edited by Sebastian Felix Braun. pp. 201- 221. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press
  • 2013 “Introduction: An Ethnohistory of Listening” in: Transforming Ethnohistories: Narrative, Meaning, and Community, edited by Sebastian Felix Braun. pp. 3-21. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press
  • 2013 “Imagining Unimagined Communities: The Politics of Indigenous Nationalism” in: Tribal Worlds: Critical Studies in American Indian Nation Building, edited by Brian Hosmer and Larry Nesper. pp. 141-160. Albany: SUNY Press
  • 2013 (with Marilyn Hudson) “Boom! The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara People and Sustainability in the Face of Bakken Oil” in: Community Connect: The Journal of Civic Voices, 6, pp. 6-9
  • 2012 “Ethnographic Novels. American Indians in Francophone Comics” in: Tribal Fantasies: Native Americans in the European Imagination, 1900-present, edited by James Mackay and David Stirrup. pp. 41-58. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave/MacMillan
  • 2011 (with Gregory Gagnon and Birgit Hans) Native American Studies. An Interdisciplinary Introduction. Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt
  • 2009 “Developing the Great Plains: A Look Back at Lincoln” in: “Abraham Lincoln Looks West.” Papers of the Forty-first Annual Dakota Conference: Compiled by Lori Bunjer and Harry F. Thompson. pp. 59-65. Sioux Falls: Center for Western Studies, Augustana College
  • 2009 “Buffalo” in: Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law, edited by Tim Garrison and Paul Finkelman. pp. 138-140. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press
  • 2009 “Ranching” in: Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law, edited by Tim Garrison and Paul Finkelman. pp. 646-649. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press
  • 2009 (with Gregory Gagnon and Birgit Hans) Native Peoples of the Northern Plains. An Interdisciplinary Introduction to American Indian Studies. Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt
  • 2008 Buffalo, Inc.: American Indians and Economic Development. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press (2013 Paperback edition)
  • 2007 “Postcolonial Ecocriticism and American Indian Ecologies: Approaches from Anthropology and Literature” in: Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 13 (2) – 14 (1), 173-186
  • 2007 “Ecological and Un-Ecological Indians: The (Non)Portrayal of Plains Indians in the ‘Buffalo Commons’ Literature” in: Native Americans and the Environment: Perspectives on The Ecological Indian. Edited by Michael E. Harkin and David Rich Lewis. pp. 192-210. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  • 2004 “Contemporary Tribal Bison Ranching on the Great Plains: Economic, Ecological and Cultural Restoration?” in: Bulletin de la Société Suisse des Américanistes 68, 23-26
  • 2002 “9-11-2001: History, and Lakota Reactions” in: Social Science Research Commitee, GSC Quarterly Newsletter, No.5, Summer
  • 1998 “Ceremonies of Contact: Warfare and Exchange in Traditional North America” in: Bulletin de la Société Suisse des Américanistes 62, 29-33