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Elizabeth Rule Assistant Professor Critical RGC Studies

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CAS - Critical RGC Studies
PhD American Studies Brown University 2019
MA American Studies Brown University 2014
BA American Studies Yale University 2013

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Dr. Elizabeth Rule is the Director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy, Assistant Professor of Professional Studies, Director of the Semester in Washington Politics Program, and Faculty in Residence at the George Washington University. She is an enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.

Her work has been published in American Quarterly and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, and her research has been featured in the Washington Post, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, The Atlantic, and NPR. Her book manuscript, Reproducing Resistance: Gendered Violence and Indigenous Nationhood, explores the intersection of Native American/First Nations women's reproductive justice issues, gendered violence, and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women; this work received the Julien Mezey Award from the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities in 2020.

While at GW, Rule has served as the Principal Investigator on a number of research projects. In Summer 2019, Rule created the Guide to Indigenous DC, a mobile application and digital map of Indigenous sites of importance in the nation's capital. The Guide received media coverage on more than thirty outlets. Access to Justice: Native America investigated barriers to justice in tribal court systems, and resulted in the creation of legal code, "Code of Ethics, Professionalism, and Culture for Tribal Court Advocates" in 2019. Traditional Notions of Justice: Ecuador examined Indigenous justice systems in Otavalo and the tri-lingual Kichwa/English/Spanish language documentary resulting from this research is in progress.

Previously, Rule has held posts as a Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies and the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative at American University, Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ford Foundation Fellow. She has received support from Holisso: The Center for the Study of Chickasaw History and Culture, the American Indian College Fund, Native Americans in Philanthropy, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Rule received her PhD and MA in American Studies from Brown University, and her BA from Yale University.
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Fall 2021

  • AMST-320 American Cultural History: American Indian Law & Legacies