Christina Gish Hill

Assistant Professor + Sociocultural Anthropology

My research focuses on Plains Indian culture and history, Indigenous constructions of sovereignty, poltical negotiations between Indigenous peoples and nation-states and the impact of kin relationships on this process, social organization, gender, identity, and representation. I am also interested in Indigenous knowledge of plant breeding, particularly corn, the impact of this knowledge of Western breeding practices, as well as current struggles for food sovereignty and Native efforts to return to pre-colonial practices of subsistence.

You can find many of my articles at the ISU Digital Repository.


  • Accepted, March 2015, “Pre-Colonial Foodways,” in The Routledge History of American Foodways, eds. Jennifer Jensen Wallach, Lindsey R. Swindall, and Michael D. Wise

  • “‘General Miles Put Us Here:’ Northern Cheyenne Alliance Making As a Safeguard of Sovereign Territorial Rights”: American Indian Quarterly (v36, no 4: 2013).

  • “Kinship as a Strategy for Maintaining Indigenous Sovereignty,” in Tribal Worlds, eds. Brian Hosmer and Larry Nesper, (Buffalo: SUNY Press, 2013).

  • “Kinship As Strategic Political Action: The Northern Cheyenne Response to the Imposition of the Nation-State,” PhD Thesis, (University of Minnesota, 2008).

  • “A Voice in the Era of Silents: An American Indian Aesthetic in Early Silent Film”:  Native Studies Review  (v16, no 2:  2005). [Contributor]

  • The Home of the Bison: An Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Study of Traditional Cultural Affiliations to Wind Cave National Park.  Ed. Patricia Albers. 2003. 

Work In Progress:

  • Revise and resubmit, resubmitted June 2015, Dull Knife Had a Family: Northern Cheyenne Kinship and the Exercise of Political Autonomy: Book Manuscript with SUNY Press.
  • Revise and resubmit, resubmitted August 2015, “Embodying Reconciliation: American Indian Women as Political Actors on the Northern Plains”: Ethnohistory.
  • In preparation, “My Brother, the President: The Crow Adoption of Barack Obama,” American Ethnologist.
  • In preparation, “The First Indian Regiment,” Journal of American History.
  • In preparation, Corn: A Transnational History, Oxford Press/University of Oklahoma Press.

Book Reviews:

  • Review of “A Cheyenne Voice: The Complete John Stands in Timber Interviews” by Margot Liberty and John Stands In Timber: Great Plains Research (Fall 2015).
  • Review of “Gathering Together: The Shawnee People Through Diaspora and Nationhood, 1600-1870” by Sami Lakomaki: American Anthropologist (June 2015).
  • Review of “Contesting Constructed Indian-ness: The Intersection of the Frontier, Masculinity, and Whiteness in Native American Mascot Representations” by Michael Taylor: Journal of Anthropological Research.
  • Review of “Indigenous Dance and Dancing Indian: Contested Representation in the Global Era” by Matthew Krystal: Journal of Anthropological Research (v.69: 2013) 134-135.
  • Review of “Uniting the Tribes: The Rise and Fall of Pan-Indian Community on the Crow Reservation” by Frank Rzeczkowski: The Western Historical Quarterly (v.44, no.4: Winter 2013) 476-477.
  • Review of “Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory” by James N. Leiker and Ramon Powers: Journal of American History (v.99: 2012) 618-619.
  • Review of “William Wayne Red Hat, Jr.: Cheyenne Keeper of the Arrows,” edited by Sibylle M. Schlesier: Great Plains Quarterly (v.30, no.3: Summer 2010)
  • Review of “Cultural Representation in Native America,” edited by Andrew Jolivette:  American Indian Culture and Research Journal (v.31, no.3: 2007).
  • Anthropology 332: Indigenous Agriculture and Food Sovereignty
  • American Indian Studies 310, Tribal Governments and American Indian Sovereignty
  • Anthropology 201: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Anthropology 340/540: Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
  • American Indian Studies 210: Introduction to American Indian Studies
  • Anthropology 322/522: Peoples and Cultures of Native North America


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