Kasey KeelerAssistant Professor: Civil Society & Community Studies; American Indian Studies

My current research is at the intersection of federal Indian policy and federal housing policy. My research interests include American Indian representations, American Indian housing and community development, access to education/capital/employment for American Indians, food sovereignty, histories of place, settler colonialism, and current events across Indian Country. My ongoing research highlights the key inequalities in access to as well as distribution of federal funds for housing more generally, but for American Indian housing and homeownership in particular. This is a rich area of study because today the majority of American Indian people live off-reservation, and home residence has significant influence on education and employment outcomes.

I am currently working on my book manuscript, American Indians and the American Dream, which analyzes the ways in which American Indian people have worked both against and with federal Indian policy to navigate homeownership both off- and on-reservation.

Recent press

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Week with Kasey KeelerWORT Radio, October 16, 2020
Badgering: Kasey Keeler ‘05Wisconsin Alumni Association, March 24, 2020
Uprooted: The 1950’s plan to erase Indian CountryMinnesota Public Radio, November 4, 2019
Uprooted: The 1950’s plan to erase Indian CountryAPM Reports (American Public Media), November 1, 2019

Classes Taught

  • Course number: CSCS 460: Course title: Community and Nonprofit Leadership
  • Course number: AIS 100: Course title: Introduction to American Indian Studies
Portrait of Kasey Keeler, a Native woman, smiling, wearing a patterned blue and red dress with red beaded earrings.


  • Civil Society & Community Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Civil Society & Community Research


  • American Indian Studies Department


  • PhD, American Studies, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
  • BA, Political Science, University of Wisconsin–Madison


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