December 15, 2018 — The Ethnic Studies Department congratulates our colleague, Jennifer O’Neal, for winning the prestigious Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing Fellowship at Yale University! Sponsored by the Yale Group for the Study of Native America (YGSNA), this fellowship supports promising doctoral candidates working on pressing issues related to the American Indian experience and Indigenous Studies. Jennifer will spend winter and spring at Yale to work toward completing her dissertation in History from Georgetown University. Her interdisciplinary research examines the social, political, and historical intersections of late twentieth century Native American transnational activism, centered within the fields of foreign relations and indigenous studies.
Alongside her position as University Historian and Archivist, O’Neal has developed undergraduate courses in Ethnic Studies and the Clark Honors College that engage students in decolonizing pedagogy. Specifically, she facilitates community based-research with indigenous community course partners to document the often hidden histories of Oregon’s tribal communities. More broadly, her work is also dedicated to developing frameworks and guidelines for the post-custodial and collaborative stewardship of cultural heritage collections in partnership with source community members.