Audra Simpson

Professor of Anthropology



Prof. Simpson's primary research is energized by the problem of recognition, by its passage beyond (and below) the aegis of the state into the grounded field of political self-designation, self-description and subjectivity. She is interested in those formations of citizenship and nationhood that occur in spite of state power and imposition and in particular and works at every turn to enter the fields of anthropology and Native American Studies into a critical and constructive dialogue with each other. Prof. Simpson's most recent research examines the borders of time, history and bodies across and within what is now understood to be the United States and Canada. She is author of Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States (2014) Durham: Duke University Press and Theorizing Native Studies (co-edited with Andrea Smith, 2014) Durham: Duke University Press


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