Jennifer O'Neal

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  • Title: Acting Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-8830
  • Office: 203 Alder Bldg
  • Office Hours: Fall Term 2020: Wednesday 1:30-3:00PM & By Appointment
  • Departments: IRES, Native American Studies
  • Affiliated Departments: History, IRES, Native American Studies
  • Interests: Native American and Indigenous history; American West history; Decolonizing Methodologies; Cultural Heritage Archives; Traditional Knowledge Systems; Digital Humanities
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  • Curriculum Vitae


(ABD) PhD, History, Georgetown University
Master of Arts, Library and Information Science, University of Arizona
Master of Arts, History, Utah State University


My interdisciplinary research and teaching examine the social, political, and historial intersections of Native American, United States, and international relations history in the twentieth centrury to the present, with an emphasis on sovereignty, self-determination, nationhood, cultural heritage, and global Indigenous rights, across a variety of fields, mediums, and forms. My work is dedicated to centering Indigenous traditional knowledge, applying decolonizing methodologies and Indigenous research methods, and implementing place-based education. Within the Honors College, History, and Ethnci Studies departments, I've developed undergraduate courses engaging students in decolonizing pedagogy and community based-research with Indigenous communities to ethcially document and disseminate Native American history. More broadly, my work is dedicated to developing frameworks and guidelines for the ethical and collaborative stewardship of cultural heritage collections in partnership with source community members and repositories. 


"From Time Immemorial: Centering Indigenous Traditional Knowledge in the Archival Paradigm," Afterlives of Indigenous Archives, eds. Ivy Scweitzer and Gordon Henry, University of Chicago Press, 2019.

Michelle M. Jacob, Emily West Hartlerode, Joanna Jensen, Kelly M. LaChance, and Jennifer R. O'Neal. "Placing Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledges at the Center of Our Research and Teaching," Journal of Folklore and Education, vol. 5, no. 2 (2018). 

Mark Carey, Kathy Lynn, Kevin Hatfield, and Jennifer R. O'Neal. "Teaching about Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: Decolonizing Research and Broadening Knowledge," Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities, eds. Stephen Siperstein, Shane Hall, and Stephanie LeMenager. New York: Routledge, 2016. 

"'The Right to Know: Decolonizing Native American Archives," Journal of Western Archives 6, no. 1 (2015).

"Respect, Recognition, and Reciprocity: The Protocols for Native American Archival Materials," in Identity Palimpsests: Archiving Ethnicity in the US and Canada, eds. Dominique Daniel and Amalia Levi, 125-142. Sacramento: Litwin Press, 2014.

“Going Home: The Digital Return of Films at the National Museum of the American Indian,” Museum Anthropology Review 7, no. 1 (2013): 166-184.

“Cultural Stewardship at the National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center,” Calicut University Folkloristics Journal, 2010.

Review of Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Preserving Our Language, Memory, and Lifeways, by Loriene Roy, Anjali Bhasin, and Sarah K. Arriaga. Journal of Archival Organization 11, no. 1-2 (2014): 127-28.



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