Recent Academic Job Placement

Our PhD graduates hold tenure-track or tenured positions at major public universities, private universities, and leading liberal arts colleges, as well as at smaller regional or state university campuses.

Other PhD alumni choose careers in museum curation, foundations, nonprofits, and businesses.

Matthew Tchepikova-Treon
Associate Faculty Lecturer, Department of Writing Studies, First-Year Writing Program, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 

Amber Annis 
Director of Native American Initiatives, Minnesota Historical Society

Dewitt King
UC Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Film and Media Studies, UC Irvine 

Michelle Lee
Postdoctoral Fellow, Humanities in Leadership Learning Series, Case Western Reserve University (2023-2024)
Assistant Professor of Global Asian Studies, University of Illinois Chicago

Kidiocus Carroll
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Anthropology, CSU-Channel Islands

Sarah Atwood
Head of Research and Engagement, Center for New Democratic Processes 

Hana Maruyama
Assistant Professor of History and Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut

Kai Pyle
Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, American Indian Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Lei Zhang
Lecturer of English, Renmin University of China

Lisa Arrastia
Associate Professor of Education, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Christine Bachman-Sanders
Adjunct Professor of Gender, Race, and Sexuality Studies, Merrimack College

M. Chip Chang
Manager, Talent Services, Motion Recruitment

Soham Patel
Postdoctoral Fellow in Global American Studies, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University

Sasha Suarez
Assistant Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Joseph Whitson
Research Fellow, Environmental Humanities, Harvard University

Aaron Eddens
Assistant Professor of Global Studies & Social Impact, Grand Valley State University 

Mingwei Huang

Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Dartmouth College

Rose Miron

Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Newberry Library

Mario Obando

Assistant Professor of Chicana & Chicano Studies, California State University, Fullerton

Rene Esparza

Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Kasey Keeler

Assistant Professor, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Waleed Mahdi

Assistant Professor, College of International Studies, University of Oklahoma

Andrew McNally

English Teacher, American International School Kuwait 

Katherine Mohrman

Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado, Denver

Tammy Cherelle Owens

Assistant Professor of Diasporic Youth Cultures, Hampshire College

Kong Pha

Associate Professor of Critical Hmong Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Fellowships

Katy Mohrmon

Schochet Fellowship, University of Minnesota

Katy Mohrmon

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Amber Annis

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Soham Patel

Ethnic Studies GRPP, University of Minnesota

Lei Zhang

American Studies GRPP, University of Minnesota

Matthew Tchepikova-Treon

American Studies GRPP, University of Minnesota

Myrl Beam
Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University

Juliana Hu Pegues
Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota

Miglena Todorova
Assistant Professor of Social Justice Education, University of Ontario

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Yale-NUS College, Singapore

Kate Beane
Director of Native American Initiatives, Minnesota Historical Society

Karla M. Padron
Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies , Northern Illinois University

Elias Vitulli
Strategic Research Associate and Mellon/ACS Public Fellow ,Center for Popular Democracy

Fellowships

Tammy Cherelle Owens
Woodsen Institute for African American Studies Pre-doctoral Fellowship, University of Virginia

Akikwe Cornell
2015-16 Predoctoral Fellow in American Indian Studies, Michigan State University

Amber Annis
CRES, GRPP, University of Minnesota

Christine Bachman-Sanders
GRPP, University of Minnesota

Academic Placement

Ryan Cartwright
Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, University of California-Davis

Daniel LaChance
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Emory University

Karisa White
Assistant Professor, Native American Studies, Northland College

Mary Rizzo
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Associate Director of Public and Digital Humanities Initiatives for American Studies and History, Rutgers University

Thomas Sarmiento
Assistant Professor, Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and English, Kansas State University

Susie Hatmaker
Teacher, C.E. Jordan High School

Michael Cheyne
Instructor 2014-16, Department of History, University of Minnesota, Morris

Karisa Butler-Wall
Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent State University

Kasey Keeler
Assistant Professor, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Patricia Marroquin-Norby
Senior Executive and Assistant Director, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian-New York

Fellowships

Tammy Cherelle Owens
Woodsen Institute for African American Studies Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Virginia (2 year fellowship)

Scott Shoemaker
Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis as Thomas G. & Susan C. Hoback Curator of Native American Art, History, and Culture

Steve Dillon

Associate Professor of Queer studies, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Jasmine Mitchell

Assistant Professor, American Studies and Media Studies, SUNY College at Old Westbury

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Yale-National University of Singapore

Ben Wiggins

Affiliated Assistant Professor/Libraries Research, University of Minnesota

Ryan Cartwright

Assistant Professor of American Studies, University of California Davis

Fellowships

Susie Hatmaker

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Kate Beane

Charles A. Eastman Pre-Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Darthmouth College

Waleed Mahdi

IHRC's Francis Maria Fellowship in Arab American Studies, University of Minnesota

Myrl Beam

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota

Eli Vitulli

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota

Susie Hatmaker

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota

Karla Padron

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota

Sasha Suarez

Department of American Indian Studies Graduate Fellowship, University of Minnesota