Dr. Christina Gish Hill


Assistant Professor
515. 294. 0101
322B Curtiss
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:
My research focuses on Plains Indian culture and history, Indigenous constructions of sovereignty, poltical negotiations between Indigenous peoples and nation-states and the impact of kin relationships on this process, social organization, gender, identity, and representation. I am also interested in Indigenous knowledge of plant breeding, particularly corn, the impact of this knowledge of Western breeding practices, as well as current struggles for food sovereignty and Native efforts to return to pre-colonial practices of subsistence.

Forthcoming, “Kinship as a Strategy for Maintaining Indigenous Sovereignty,” in Tribal Worlds, eds. Brian Hosmer and Larry Nesper, (SUNY Press).

Review of “William Wayne Red Hat, Jr.: Cheyenne Keeper of the Arrows,” edited by Sibylle M. Schlesier: Great Plains Quarterly (v. 30, no. 3: Summer 2010)

Review of “Cultural Representation in Native America,” edited by Andrew Jolivette: American Indian Culture and Research Journal (v. 31, no. 3: 2007).*

“A Voice in the Era of Silents: An American Indian Aesthetic in Early Silent Film”: Native Studies Review (v16, no 2: 2005).*

The Home of the Bison: An Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Study of Traditional Cultural Affiliations to Wind Cave National Park. Ed. Patricia Albers. 2003. (Contributor)*

Current Projects:
Manuscript Under Review, Dull Knife Had a Family: Northern Cheyenne Kinship and the Exercise of Sovereignty: SUNY Press.

Accepted with revisions, “ ‘General Miles Put Us Here:’ Northern Cheyenne Alliance Making As a Safeguard of Sovereign Territorial Rights”: American Indian Quarterly.

Ready for Submission, “Embodying Reconciliation: American Indian Women as Political Actors on the Northern Plains”: Plains Anthropologist.,

Researching the seed breeder Oscar H. Will and his work with Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara corn growers

*These publications are found under my previous name, Christina Gish Berndt