Introducing Visiting Scholar of Native American Studies:
Dr. Annalyssa Gypsy Murphy
In creating this interdisciplinary minor, we hope to involve students in the dynamics of our research. However, our goal in creating a Native American Studies program at SIUE does not end with the creation of the minor. Beyond SIUE, we hope to create a consortium of Native Americans and Native American scholars in the St. Louis region. The dialogue between scholars and Native American residents of the region will benefit scholar and non-scholar alike by exposure to diverse viewpoints. We also hope to attract more Native American students to SIUE, enriching the diversity of student life here.
Visiting Scholar Dr. Annalyssa Gypsy Murphy lead us in this initiative in the 2010-2011 academic year. She came to SIUE with a PhD from Clark University in Massachusetts, where her dissertation research examined Native American literature as a form of social protest. Gypsy is a dynamic teacher and bridge builder of Blackfeet-Cherokee-Scottish-Irish ancestry. We welcomed her and looked to the vision she brought.