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Jacki Thompson Rand

Jacki Rand
Associate Professor
Native North America
162 Schaeffer Hall
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W 8:00am - 11:00am and by appointment
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Jacki Rand (citizen, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) joined the History Department in 1998 with a joint appointment in American Indian and Native Studies.  Her current research interests center on federal Indian law and policy, settler colonialism, and global indigenous histories.  Using court records and documents, oral histories, newspaper accounts, and archival sources, Rand is producing a book manuscript on violence against Native women contextualized in the history of a southeastern tribe in the late twentieth century.  Professor Rand teaches courses in the history of Native North America, of federal Indian law and policy, of museums, and of human rights in addition to public history.  She is presently developing a course on global indigenous peoples and settler colonialism.

Professor Rand sits on the editorial board of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Journal.  She was one of the co-founders of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (the academic version of the Big Ten) American Indian Studies Consortium (CIC AIS) and served on the Executive Committee from 2000-2006. She organized the first CIC AIS graduate research conference in 1999 at the University of Iowa.

Prior to entering graduate school, Professor Rand worked for the Smithsonian Institution from 1983 to 1994.  From 1990 to 1994 she organized numerous consultations between senior staff members of the National Museum of the American Indian and Native community members throughout the United States.  She graduated with a doctoral degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1998.

Rising Waters, Rapid Changes:
History Corps

Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Graduate Student Eric Zimmer talks about his Obermann Fellowship


Her current teaching interests include federal Indian policy and American colonialism, Native material culture production, and museum studies. Courses recently taught include:

  • HIST:1010  History Matters -- Policing in America
  • HIST:1004  Issues: Communities and Society in History -- The Wounded Knee Massacre
  • HIST:1166  Rapid Response History -- Historical Monuments and Why They Matter
  • HIST:1261  American History to 1877
  • HIST:2151  Introduction to the History Major -- Indigenous Women in Settler Societies
  • HIST:3211  Native North America I: Pre-contact to 1789
  • HIST:3212  Native North America II: 1789 to Present
  • HIST:4130  Museum Literacy and Historical Memory
  • HIST:7192  Pre-Dissertation Writing Seminar
  • HIST:7293  Graduate Readings in Public History
  • AINS:3002  Introduction to American Indian History and Policy (same as HIST:3202)

Jacki has also taught a Lannan Institute seminar “Federal Indian Policy Law and Your Community History” to tribal college faculty held at the Newberry Library and a graduate workshop on federal Indian policy and law at the Newberry Library.

Awards & Service

  • CIC/AIS Faculty Fellowship, Newberry Library, 2007-2008
  • Central Investment Fund for Research Enhancement, University of Iowa, Summer 2000
  • Iowa Arts Council, April 2000
  • College of Liberal Arts Student Computing Fee Grant, April 2000
  • Funding from the Office of the Vice-President of Research, Office of the Graduate College, Office of the Dean of Liberal Arts, Office of the Provost, American Indian and Native Studies for the inaugural CIC Graduate Research Conference, April 2000
  • Arrell Gibson Award for Outstanding Student in Western History, University of Oklahoma,1996
  • American Fellowship, American Association of University Women, 1995-1996