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Sarah Dees

Luce Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion, Politics, and Global Affairs, and Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Ph.D: Indiana University, 2015
Curriculum Vitae


Research Interest(s): American religion and politics, colonial governance, U.S. Indian policy

Program Area(s): American Politics

Regional Specialization(s): United States


Sarah Dees is the Luce Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion, Politics, and Global Affairs. She is a scholar of American and Indigenous religious history with a focus on the history of the intersection of American state governance and Native American religions and cultures in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She is affiliated with the Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad project.


  • The Materialization of Native American Religions: Cultural Science in an Era of Assimilation (book manuscript in progress)
  •  “An Equation of Language and Spirit: Comparative Philology and the Early Study of American Indian Religions,” Method & Theory in the Study of Religion 27.3 (2015), 195-219 


  •  Phillips Fund for Native American Research, American Philosophical Society (2014)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, “Problems in the Study of Religion” (2014)

Courses taught

  •  REL 260: Introduction to Native American Religion
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