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Faculty & Staff - Dr. Lisa K. Neuman

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies

Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, 2002

Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, Duke University, 2002

M.A., Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, 2000

B.A., Anthropology, Pomona College, 1989

Professional Interests:

Having grown up in Kansas City, Missouri, I developed a keen interest in Native American studies from my grandfather, an urban Indian whose family migrated from Oklahoma to Los Angeles during the early part of the twentieth century. My family’s history has shaped the way that I view the relationship between culture and ethnic and racial identities. Through my focus on how people produce new cultural meanings and identities, my research connects the emerging field of Native American studies to newer anthropological theories that conceptualize culture and identity in dynamic ways.

My research interests include the history of Native American Diaspora in the United States, the history of American Indian education, the relationship between urban Indians and tribal communities, and the politics of Indianness in twenty-first century America.

Specialties: Native American Studies. American Indian education. The politics of Indian identities. Tribal sovereignty and economic enterprise. Gender studies. Cultural production. Cultural history. North America. Oklahoma. Maine.

Current Research: Public perceptions of Wabanaki economic enterprises.

Representative Publications:

2010 Neuman, L.”The Resilience of a Nation.” Invited review of A Nation in Transition: Douglas Henry Johnston and the Chickasaws, 1898-1939 by Michael W. Lovegrove. Chickasaw Press, 2009. Great Plains Quarterly, 30(4): 314.

2010 Neuman, L “Basketry as Economic Enterprise and Cultural Revitalization: The Case of the Wabanaki Tribes of Maine.” Wicazo Sa Review 25(2): 89-106.

2008 Neuman, L “Indian Play: Students, Wordplay, and Ideologies of Indianness at a School for Native Americans.”, American Indian Quarterly, volume 32, no. 2: 178-203.

2007 Neuman, L “Selling Indian Education: Fundraising and American Indian Identities at Bacone College.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal, volume 31, no. 4: 51-78.

2006 “Painting Culture: Art and Ethnography at a School for Native Americans.”, Ethnology, volume 45, no. 3: 173-192.

2006 “What is Quality Education for American Indian Students? The Case of the Wabanaki Tribes of Maine.” Co-author with John Maddaus and Maureen E. Smith. In International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations (4). Available online at:

2006 “From Clean Water to Casinos: Why Sovereignty is Important to Native Americans.”, Invited commentary in Maine Policy Review volume 13, number 2 (Fall/Winter): 30-32.


Telephone: 207.581.4489

Fax: 207.581.1823


Department of Anthropology
University of Maine
5773 S. Stevens Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5773

Native American Studies
University of Maine
327c Aubert Hall
Orono, Maine 04469

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Department of Anthropology
5773 S.Stevens Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5773
Phone: (207) 581-1894 | Fax: (207) 581-1823E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System