University of Minnesota
Department of History
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612-624-2800


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Brenda J Child

612/625-0895
American Studies 209 Scott Hall 72 Pleasant Street SE

Department Affiliations


Specialties

  • American Indian history
  • multiculturalism
  • native culture

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, none.
  • M.A.: History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, none.
  • B.S. Ed.: History & Social Studies, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN, none.

Publications

  • Train Time, an excerpt from Boarding School Seasons. Child, Brenda, 2001.
  • Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences, 1879-2000. Child, Brenda, The Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, 2000.
  • Ojibwe Children and Boarding Schools, an excerpt from Boarding School Seasons. Child, Brenda, 2001.
  • Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940.. Child, Brenda, University of Nebraska Press, 1998.

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board, Ethnohistory: 2001
  • Member, Graduate Studies Committee, Program in American Studies, University of Minnesota: 1997 - 1999
  • Indigenous Language Initiative Program, Department of American Indian Studies and the Department of Maori Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand: 2003
  • Prize Committee, American Society for Ethnohistory: 2002
  • Prize Committee, American Society for Ethnohistory: 2000
  • Editorial Board, American Indian Education Series, University of Nebraska Press: 2000
  • Local Planning Committee Member, Keeping Our Faculties: Addressing the Recruitment and Retention of Faculty of Color, a conference at the University of Minnesota: 2002
  • Member, Admissions and Awards Committee, Department of American Studies, Univeristy of Minnesota: 2001 - 2002
  • Editorial Board, Native American Studies Series, Michigan State Univeristy Press: 1996
  • Editorial Board, American Indian Lives Series, The University of Nebraska Press: 1998
  • Member, American Studies Executive Committee, University of Minnesota: 1997 - 1998

Outreach Activities

  • Member, Native American Council, The Eiteljorg Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Executive Council, The Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN: 1998
  • Board of Directors, The Division of Indian Works, Minneapolis, MN: 1999
  • Board of Directors, The Circle, the newspaper of the American Indian community of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN: 1998

Awards

  • The North American Indian Prose Award for Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, 1998
  • Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, 2000 - 2001
  • Minnesota Book Award Nominee for History for Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, 1999
  • The President's Muticultural Research Award, University of Minnesota, 2002
  • University of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid of Research, 1999 - 2000

Courses Taught

  • AmSt 1907W - Freshman Seminar - After Wounded Knee: American Indians
  • AmSt 3113W - America's Diverse Cultures
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Featured Faculty

  • Isaacmans Receive Top Honors for "Dams, Displacement, and the Delusion of Development"

    Congratulations to Professor Allen and Barbara Isaacman! Their book "Dams, Displacement, and the Delusion of Development: Cahora Bassa and Its Legacies in Mozambique, 1965-2007" has recently been honored with two major book awards: ASA's Melville Herskovits Award, and AHA's Martin A. Klein Prize.

    December 5th, 2014
  • American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award to Jean O'Brien

    Professor Jeani O'Brien (history and American Indian studies) has been awarded the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014 by the Western History Association.

    December 4th, 2014
  • Jean O'Brien, 2014 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award

    Jean O'Brien has been awarded this year's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Jean O'Brien joins Erika Lee (2012) as the second historian to receive Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Congratulations, Jeani!

    August 31st, 2014

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