NOTE: *Unavailable for speaking engagements until Fall 2023
Jacki Thompson Rand is Associate Vice Chancellor for Native Affairs, the Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Native Affairs issues, and an associate professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Kiowa Humanity and the Invasion of the State (2008) as well as articles and essays. Her academic career follows a decade that she spent at the Smithsonian Institution, most notably engaging tribal communities throughout the United Stated in support of the nascent National Museum of the American Indian and informing architectural programs for its Suitland collection facility and for the museum itself on the National Mall. Rand's current research examines violence against native women in a late twentieth-century tribal community, using conventional archival sources, newspapers, tribal records, legal records, and oral history. She is writing a critical historical analysis of the intersection of gender and tribal governance in a southern American Indian tribe living under white supremacy. This work explores Jim Crow's impact on post-Removal tribes in the Deep South, federal Indian policy's application of postwar development models to a domestic population, the rise of self-determinative tribal governance, and the status of indigenous women. As a researcher and a teacher, Rand is excited about opportunities that the public humanities offer, particularly for collaboration with scholars and others outside of academia. She is the first author/editor of a new collaborative digital humanities project that focuses on the indigenous Midwest. Rand is also a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.