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Mattie Harper

Mattie Harper

Mattie M. Harper, PhD, is now Gale Scholar and Program and Outreach Manager of Native American Initiatives at the Minnesota Historical Society, Saint Paul, MN.

Email: Mattie.Harper@mnhs.org

Biography Information

Dr. Mattie Harper (Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe) is a historian of the Great Lakes region of North America, U.S. settler colonialism, and Native American women and gender. Currently working in the Native American Initiatives department at the Minnesota Historical Society, she received her PhD from the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley, with a designated emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality. Prior to her position at the Historical Society she was an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She was a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Santa Cruz and was also the Charles Eastman Fellow of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College before assuming her position at UC San Diego. 


Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, 2012
M.A., International Affairs, The New School, 2006
B.A., Political Science and Women’s Studies, Hamline University, 1999

Research Interests

Her current project examines four generations of a family of mixed African-Ojibwe ancestry in the Western Great Lakes region. Her main interests include: Ojibwe history, the intersecting lives of Native Americans and African Americans, settler colonial studies, Native Americans and the U.S. military, racial intermarriage and the construction of race, and 20th century Native American intellectuals.