David Temin

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My research explores questions of empire and settler colonialism, the politics of race and indigeneity, and historical and structural injustice through both historical/archival and contemporary lenses. Based on extensive archival work on the Native American Sovereignty Movement the 20th century, my dissertation reconstructs the writings of Standing Rock Sioux theorist Vine Deloria, Jr. I argue that Deloria crafted a politics of decolonization contextually focused on questions of dispossession, landlessness, treaty relations, and self-determination long before theorists cast the politics of culture in their dominant contemporary forms. I am currently working on a book project based on the dissertation and have a forthcoming article in the journal Political Theory entitled "Custer's Sin's: Vine Deloria, Jr. and the Settler-Colonial Politics of Civic Inclusion." I will be joining the University of Michigan Department of Political Science as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2017.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Political Science, University of Minnesota, October 2016.
  • B.A., Summa Cum Laude: Political Science and French, Amherst College, 2010.
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Co-convener: Minnesota Political Theory Colloquium , 2011 - 2012
  • Graduate Student Life Committee: Co-chair: 2012 - 2013
  • Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Fellow, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Newberry Library, 7/1/15 - 8/30/15
  • Thesis Research Travel Grant, University of Minnesota Graduate School, 6/1/15 - 7/1/15
  • Department of Political Science Efimenco Fellowship, 2013 - 2014
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (advisor Joan Tronto), summer 2013
  • Amherst Memorial Fellowship, 2012 - 2013
  • Amherst Memorial Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • Forris Jewett Moore Fellowship in Political Science, 2010-2011
  • Densmore Berry Collins Prize for best Political Science honors thesis, Amherst College, May 2010
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, Beta of Massachusetts, May 2010