Philip J. Deloria

Harvard University
Humanities and Arts
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Philip J. Deloria’s scholarship focuses on the cultural history of interactions between American Indians and North American colonists.  Among his many writings, Playing Indian (1998) detailed the ways Anglo-Americans created modern American nationhood by imagining and then performing themselves as “Indians.”  In Indians in Unexpected Places (2004), he examined violence, sports, music, film, and technology to reveal Indian people shaping American modernity. Current work focuses on American Indian arts of the mid-twentieth century.   His significant professional service includes President of the American Studies Association, Trustee of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and a strong record of innovation as an academic administrator at the University of Michigan.

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