Doug Kiel Assistant Professor

Doug Kiel (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2012) is a citizen of the Oneida Nation and studies Native American history, with particular interests in the Great Lakes region and twentieth century Indigenous nation rebuilding. He is working on a book manuscript entitled Unsettling Territory: Oneida Indian Resurgence and Anti-Sovereignty Backlash. The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, a community that had been dispossessed of their New York homelands in the early nineteenth century, yet again suffered devastating land losses as a result of the Dawes Act of 1887—a policy that President Theodore Roosevelt once called “a mighty pulverizing engine to break up the tribal mass.” Kiel’s book examines how the Oneida Nation’s leaders strengthened the community’s capacity to shape their own future by envisioning, deliberating, and enacting a dramatic reversal of fortune during the twentieth century. His book also examines the origins of recent litigation between the Oneida Nation and the Village of Hobart, a mostly non-Native municipality that is located within the boundaries of the Oneida Reservation and seeks to block the tribe from recovering land that was lost a century ago. 

Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty, he taught at Williams College, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Middlebury College. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the American Historical Association, the American Philosophical Society, and the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM, among others. In addition to his research and teaching, he has worked with several museums and served as an Indigenous Fellow at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland.

His publications are available to download. 

Affiliated Programs

Publications (Selected)

Teaching Interests

Courses Offered:

  • Introduction to Native American History
  • Beyond Tonto: Native Americans in Film
  • Development of American Indian Law and Policy
  • Real Indians: Indigeneity and the Authenticity Problem
  • Indigenous Resistance to U.S. Colonialism, 1887-Present

Recent Awards and Honors

  • Dorothy Schwieder Prize for Best Article in Midwestern History, "Untaming the Mild Frontier: In Search of New Midwestern Histories,” Middle West Review, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2014): 9-38.