Great Plains Fellows

Great Plains Fellows annual meeting
Great Plains Fellows annual meeting
Great Plains Fellows annual meeting

Fellows constitute the core of the intellectual community that is the Center. They publish research and book reviews in the Center’s journals, give talks as Olson Lecturers, write for the Center’s book series, speak at annual Great Plains symposia, advise the Great Plains Art Museum. They sit on the Board of Governors and choose the Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize winner. Their work helps the Center meet its mission of increasing understanding of and appreciation for the people, cultures, and natural environment of the Great Plains.


Welcome new Fellow and Affiliate Fellow

The Center welcomes new Fellows / Affiliate Fellows for 2022:

Mohamed Aboushanab

Geoscientist, School of Natural Resources, UNL

Specialties: Geology and hydrogeology with an emphasis on western Nebraska


Melissa Amateis

Journals Assistant, Center for Great Plains Studies, UNL

Specialties: World War II history on the Great Plains


William Belcher

Associate Professor, Anthropology, UNL

Specialties: Forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology, forensic taphonomy related to the discovering the post-mortem interval or time since death of forensic case work within the Great Plains; also, environmental archaeology with a specialty in animal bones from archaeological sites (zooarchaeology)


Gabriel Bruguier

Education and Outreach Coordinator, Mid-America Transportation Center, UNL

Specialties: Philosophy, Native American philosophy, Native American student success


Jessica Corman

Assistant Professor, Limnologist/Aquatic Ecologist, School of Natural Resources, UNL

Specialties: Biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, phosphorus cycling, lake, stream, and river ecosystems


John DeLong

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Director of the Cedar Point Biological Station, UNL

Specialties: Predator-prey ecology, climate adaptation, and eco-evolutionary dynamics


Brady DeSanti

Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Director of Native American Studies, UNO, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe

Specialties: Native American religious traditions, religion and popular culture, Native American history


Janet Eckerson

Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, UNK

Specialties: Spanish language, educational policy and practice impacting Latinx students


Jeannette Gabriel

Director, Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, UNO

Specialties: Jewish and African American history in the Great Plains with an emphasis on race and gender


Susana Grajales Geliga

Lakota/Taino, Assistant Professor of History and Native American Studies, UNO

Specialties: Great Plains Studies, Lakota language, Native American women, construction of Native American identities in the early twentieth century


Deryl K. Hatch-Tocaimaza

Associate Professor, Educational Administration, UNL

Specialties: Community college environments and equity related to place


Lydiah Kiramba

Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education, UNL

Specialties: Bilingual and ESL Education, Second/additional language acquisition and teacher education


Elizabeth Lorang

Associate Professor and Associate Dean, University Libraries, UNL

Specialties: Academic libraries, research libraries, technology and cultural heritage, digital humanities/scholarship


Gwendŵr Meredith

Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources, UNL

Specialties: Social-ecological rangeland science, human dimensions of natural resources, ecosystem resilience


Laura K. Muñoz

Assistant Professor of History and Ethnic Studies, UNL

Specialties: Mexican American, Chicanx and Latinx communities in the U.S. with an emphasis on race, gender and education in the American West


Aprille Phillips

Associate Professor, Educational Administration, UNK

Specialties: Education policy implementation in minoritized communities


John Raible

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Professor, Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education, UNL

Specialties: Transracial adoption and multicultural families


Todd Richardson

James R. Schumacher Chair of Ethics and Professor in the Goodrich Scholarship Program, UNO

Specialties: Folklore, creative thinking and expression


Casey Seger

Collections Manager, Great Plains Art Museum, Center for Great Plains Studies, UNL

Specialties: Digital humanities, museum studies, digital asset management


Michelle Warren

Associate Professor of Spanish, UNK

Specialties: Themes of culture, nationality, and ethnicity; theatre, film, and narrative


Laurinda Weisse

University Archivist & Digital Repository Manager, UNK

Specialties: Oral history, Nebraska, women's and gender studies, Latinx immigration


Jeffrey Westrop

Assistant Geoscientist, School of Natural Resources, UNL

Specialties: Environmental science


Sandra Williams

Associate Professor of Art, UNL

Specialties: Interdisciplinary art, street art


AFFILIATE FELLOWS

Kevin Abourezk

Journalist, Managing Editor, Indianz.com, Rosebud Sioux

Specialties: Native American issues, higher education, leadership


Adam Ahlers

Associate Professor, Kansas State University

Specialties: Landscape ecologist interested in how landscape change affects wildlife populations


Eric L. Ewing

Executive Director, Great Plains Black History Museum, Adjunct Professor, Bellevue University

Specialties: Regional history, education, management, leadership


Kirstin Furlong

Lecturer and Director of the Blue Galleries, Department of Art, Design, and Visual Studies, Boise State University

Specialties: Visual art, intersections of art and ecology


Leo Killsback

Associate Professor, Native American Studies, Montana State University, Northern Cheyenne Nation

Specialties: Indigenous governance, traditional law, sovereignty, treaty rights


Paula Palmer

Co-Director, Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples, a program of Friends Peace Teams

Specialties: Education and advocacy for Indigenous peoples' rights, racial and environmental justice


Sarah Rowe

Visual artist, Enrolled member of Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Lakota Nation

Specialties: Mixed media visual arts, community programming, and healing arts collaboration


Baligh Ben Taleb

ACLS  Postdoctoral  Fellow in Race,  Ethnicity,  &  Indigeneity, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Specialties: American Indian & Indigenous history, race, ethnicity, and Indigeneity, settler colonialism, decolonization, transitional justice


Simon Tye

Biology, University of Arkansas

Specialties: Natural history of Great Plains organisms, ecological catastrophes


Richard Williams

Oglala Lakota/Cheyenne, Leader People of the Sacred Land

Specialties: Federal Indian Policies, Treaties, American Indian History (Plains specific)


FELLOW NOMINATION PROCEDURE

Next nomination period: October 2022

Fellows of the Center shall include scholars presently holding regular appointments at the University of Nebraska who are concerned with the past, the present, and the future of the Great Plains. Candidates for this status must be nominated by a Fellow and must present evidence of a research, teaching, or public service commitment to the Plains region. Fellows are elected upon recommendation of the Nominating Committee and by a majority of the Board of Governors.

Membership (Governance Document, Article IV, Section 1)

Procedure

Upon receipt of the nomination at the Center, it will be sent to the Nominations Committee for their consideration. Following approval, they forward the nomination in the form of a seconded motion to the twelve-person Board of Governors. The Board of Governors votes on acceptance of the nominee. The Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies will notify the nominee and the nominator of the results of the Board action.

Other

No fee is required for designation as a Fellow. Fellows are kept apprized of all Center activities via email, especially the seminars and annual interdisciplinary symposia. Fellows have the opportunity to work with the Center on projects, lectures, and symposia.


AFFILIATE FELLOW NOMINATION PROCEDURE

Affiliate Fellows of the Center shall include persons who have a professional interest in the Great Plains and the purposes and program of the Center and are not presently holding regular appointments at the University of Nebraska. Candidates for election must be nominated by a Fellow. The nominator must present evidence of a research, teaching or public service commitment to the Plains region. Affiliate Fellows shall also include any Fellow who no longer has an appointment at the University of Nebraska and who has not provided the Director with a signed letter resigning his or her Center affiliation. Affiliate Fellows shall be elected in the same manner as Fellows, but they shall not have voting privileges.

Membership (Governance Document, Article IV, Section 2)

Procedure

Upon receipt of the nomination at the Center, it will be sent to the Nominations Committee for their consideration. Following approval, they forward the nomination in the form of a seconded motion to the twelve-person Board of Governors. The Board of Governors votes on acceptance of the nominee. The Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies will notify the nominee and the nominator of the results of the Board action.

Other

No fee is required for designation as an Affiliate Fellow. Affiliate Fellows are kept apprized of all Center activities via email, especially the seminars and annual interdisciplinary symposia. Affiliate Fellows have the opportunity to work with the Center on projects, lectures, and symposia.