Kasey KeelerAssistant Professor of Civil Society & Community Studiesshe/her/hers

I am an assistant professor with a joint appointment in Civil Society & Community Studies at the School of Human Ecology and American Indian & Indigenous Studies. My scholarly training comes from the interdisciplinary field of American studies with an emphasis on American Indian studies.

American Indians and the American Dream, my first book with the University of Minnesota Press (2023), examines the intersection of federal Indian policy and federal housing policy. My research interests and expertise span federal Indian policy, land and dispossession, American Indian (sub)urbanization, off-reservation Indians, American Indian housing, land and memory, placemaking, and 20th- and 21st-century Indians. I am currently working on a project that centers Paul Bunyan narratives in American Indian dispossession and logging across the Great Lakes.

Selected Publications

Keeler, K. R. (2023). American Indians and the American dream: Policies, place, and property in Minnesota. University of Minnesota Press.

For a full list of publications, see Keeler’s CV.

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  • Civil Society & Community Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Civil Society & Community Research



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


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