Pete Sigal is professor of the history of sexuality and Latin American history at Duke University. He is author of The Flower and the Scorpion: Sexuality and Ritual in Early Nahua Culture (Duke University Press, 2011), a study on the interaction of writing and sexual representation in sixteenth and seventeenth-century indigenous Nahua societies of Mexico which won the Erminie Wheeler Voegelin Award from the American Society of Ethnohistory, for the best book published in 2011. With Zeb Tortorici and the late Neil Whitehead, he recently completed an edited collection, a study of “ethnopornography,” the relationship between the colonial and ethnographic gaze and sexuality throughout the world, due out with Duke University Press in 2019. He is completing a study of colonialism and sexuality, “Sustaining Sexual Pleasure: A History of Colonial and Postcolonial Voyeurism,” that takes four objects: the naked native in the colonial circum-Caribbean, the Hottentot Venus, the black men in Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs, and black and Latino/a men in US pornography, to relate modern sexual pleasure to the colonial gaze. Sigal has moved from studying sexual desires in indigenous communities to examining the colonial cultural processes that create global concepts of modern sexuality, gender, masculinity, and femininity. Sigal also is author of From Moon Goddesses to Virgins: The Colonization of Yucatecan Maya Sexual Desire (University of Texas Press, 2000), and editor of Infamous Desire: Male Homosexuality in Colonial Latin America (University of Chicago Press, 2003).
University of Connecticut
Nancy Shoemaker is a Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. She has published three monographs—American Indian Population Recovery in the Twentieth Century (1999), A Strange Likeness: Becoming Red and White in Eighteenth-Century North America (2004), and Native American Whalemen and the World: Indigenous Encounters and the Contingency of Race (2015)—and five edited volumes in Native American history. Her most recent research has taken a more global perspective. She is in the final stages of completing a book on Americans in nineteenth-century Fiji and has a new project underway, which is a global, environmental history of soap, particularly the various oils that constitute soap’s main ingredient.
University of Mississippi
Robbie Ethridge is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Mississippi. In addition to editing four anthologies, writing numerous articles and book chapters on the history of Native peoples of the American South, she is the author of Creek Country: The Creek Indians and Their World, 1796-1816 (2003) and the Mooney Award winning book From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540-1715 (2010). She is best known for her work on the early colonial disruptions in the American South and the resultant shatter zone that transformed the Southern Indians. Her current research continues this examination as she reconstruts the history of the Mississippian world which examines the rise of the pre-colonial Mississippian chiefdoms, the 700-year history of this world, its transformation with European contact, and the restructuring of Native societies that occurred as they became an instrumental part of the colonial South. Robbie joined ASE as a graduate student in 1994, and she has been a member since. She attends the yearly meetings regularly, where she oftentimes presents her research, organizes panels and roundtables, and serves as chair or discussant on various panels. She also encourages her graduate students to come to and present at the meetings whenever possible. She has been heavily involved in ASE over the past twenty years—she has served on the Nominations Committee, the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Award committee, on the Helen Hornbeck Tanner Award Committee, as local arrangements coordinator for the annual meeting in 2009 and again in 2013, as a counselor on the Executive Committee, and as the North American Editor of Ethnohistory from 2013 until she steps down this summer.
University of North Florida
Denise Bossy is an Associate Professor of History at the University of North Florida, where she has taught since 2007. She received her PhD from Yale and her BA from Princeton. Both her research and courses focus on the Native South, and she places special emphasis on teaching indigenous history as local, public, and Southern history. This fall, she published the anthology The Yamasee Indians: From Florida to South Carolina (Nebraska, 2018), which grew out of a conference that she organized with archaeologist Chester DePratter. She is currently completing the first monograph on the Yamasee Indians from their Mississippian roots to the late eighteenth century. Following their movements across Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina, she focuses on the culture of mobility which the Yamasees crafted in response to the shattering effects of European colonization. To better reconstruct what place, community, and mobility meant to the Yamasees, she engages with archaeological as well as documentary evidence and she is increasingly interested in the intersections between these fields. Two of her articles have been awarded prizes by their respective journals, and in 2016 she received a yearlong NEH fellowship. While my research and publications focus on the early Native South, she also work swith Yamasee descendant communities in Florida and South Carolina. Most recently, she digitized the tribal archive of the Oklevueha Band of Yamassee Seminoles which was at risk of destruction. She also work swith local museums and parks in Northeast Florida to improve their Native programming.
The University of Texas at Austin
Kelly McDonough (Irish and Anishinaabe (White Earth Ojibwe) descent) is an Associate Professor of Latin American Literary & Cultural Studies and Indigenous Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary areas of research include Critical Indigenous Studies; Indigenous Intellectual Histories with emphasis on Mexico from Spanish colonialism to the present; Ethnohistory (Nahuatl Studies); and Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society. She is the author of The Learned Ones: Nahua Intellectuals in Postconquest Mexico (2014), and various articles on Indigenous literacies, inter-Indigenous class conflict, Indigenous narrative mapping, and contemporary Mexican Indigenous literatures. Her current book in progress is entitled Indigenous Science and Technologies of Mexico Past and Present: Nahuas and the World Around Them. McDonough is the Lead Editor for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal.
Ashley Riley Sousa
Middle Tennessee State University
Ashley Riley Sousa is Assistant Professor of History at Middle Tennessee State University. Her research explores relations between California Indians and settlers in Central California, especially the Native Hawaiian and California Indian diasporic communities that coalesced into new societies the Central Valley after the gold rush, the development of Hawaiian Indian identity, and the ways Hawaiian Indians interacted with federal Indian policy in the twentieth century. Her work has appeared in the journal Ethnohistory and the Journal of Genocide Research.
Heather Roller is an Associate Professor of Latin American History at Colgate University. She received her PhD (2010) from Stanford University. Her research centers on how cross-cultural interactions and relationships shaped both indigenous and colonial societies in the lowlands of South America. She is the author of Amazonian Routes: Indigenous Mobility and Colonial Communities in Northern Brazil (Stanford University Press, 2014). Her current book project focuses on autonomous indigenous groups in northern and western Brazil and their long histories of contact with outsiders.
Nomination Committee Member:
University of Iowa
Stephen Warren is an Associate Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Iowa. He has published two monographs—The Shawnees and Their Neighbors: 1795-1870 (2005) and The Worlds the Shawnees Made (2014)—and one edited volume. His recent research explores Community-Engaged Scholarship in Native American Studies, the history of the American Society for Ethnohistory, and the Indigenous Midwest.
Nomination Committee Member:
Mark Z. Christensen
Mark Christensen is Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University. As a Colonial Latin American Historian, his specialization includes Nahua (Aztec) and Maya ethnohistory in central Mexico and Yucatan, and the translation of Nahuatl and Maya texts. His various books, articles, and essays explore the colonial experience of Nahuas and Mayas and illustrate how they negotiated their everyday religious, economic, and social lives with Spanish colonialism. His most recent book, The Teabo Manuscript: Maya Christian Copybooks, Chilam Balams, and Native Text Production in Yucatan (2016), won the Latin American Studies Association Mexico Section Book Award in the Humanities. His current project, Return to Ixil: Maya Society in an Eighteenth-Century Yucatec Town, is coauthored with Matthew Restall and in press with the University Press of Colorado.
Robbie Ethridge (until January 2020)
University of Mississippi
Robbie Ethridge is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Mississippi. In addition to editing three anthologies, writing numerous articles and book chapters on the history of Native peoples of the American South, she is the author of Creek Country: The Creek Indians and Their World, 1796-1816 (2003) and the Mooney Award winning book From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540-1715 (2010). She is best known for her work on the early colonial disruptions in the American South and the resultant shatter zone that transformed the Southern Indians. Her current research continues this examination as she reconstructs the rise and fall of the Mississippian world which examines the rise of the pre-colonial Mississippian chiefdoms, the 700-year history of this world, its collapse with European contact, and the restructuring of Native societies that occurred as they became part of the colonial South.
John F. Schwaller
University at Albany, SUNY
John F. Schwaller is a Professor of History at the University at Albany. He is well known for his work on Nahuatl (Aztec language) and on the Catholic Church in Latin America)
University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Kathryn Labelle is an Associate Professor of Aboriginal history at the University of Saskatchewan and an adopted member of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas. Her research centres on the Wendat/Wyandot/Huron communities of North America with particular interest in settler colonialism, Indigenous identity and the experiences of women from the seventeenth century to the present. In addition to publishing articles on Wendat child-rearing, witchcraft, warfare, and leadership, Labelle is the author of the award-winning book Dispersed, But Not Destroyed: A History of the Seventeenth Century Wendat People (UBC Press, 2013). Her current research is a collaborative project with the Wendat Longhouse Women entitled Daughters of Aataentsic that explores the lives of seven Wendat women from the 17th-21st centuries.
Justin M. Carroll
Indiana University East
Justin M. Carroll is an Associate Professor of American History at Indiana University East. His book, The Merchant John Askin: Furs and Empire at British Michilimackinac, was published in September 2017.