The second Monday of October—which in 2021 falls on Oct. 11—marks Indigenous People’s Day in the United States. At Villanova University, the work of faculty scholars across several disciplines focuses on the areas of Indigenous studies, Native American history and law.
Paul C. Rosier, PhD, is professor of History and the Mary M. Birle Chair in American History at Villanova. Rosier has authored multiple books on Native American History, including Serving their Country: American Indian Politics and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century (Harvard University Press, 2009), which won the 2010 Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award. His latest book project, Citizens of the World: American Indians, Citizenship, and the Promise of American Life (under contract with Cambridge University Press) examines American Indian legal and political history from the colonial era to the present.
Dana Lloyd, PhD, is an assistant professor of Global Interdisciplinary Studies at Villanova. She works at the intersection of religious studies, legal studies, Indigenous studies, and environmental humanities. Her first book manuscript, Arguing for This Land: Rethinking Indigenous Sacred Sites, is currently under contract with University Press of Kansas. Lloyd has also written extensively on the topic for the Political Theology Network, in addition to other publications.
Rosier and Lloyd also teach courses at the University related to Native American studies. Rosier teaches an undergraduate course on American Indian History, while Lloyd is currently teaching a Peace and Justice course titled “Native America and the Question of Genocide.”
Ann C. Juliano, JD, a professor of Law at Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law studies and teaches on a variety of legal topics, including Federal Indian law. Juliano contributed a book chapter to the Indian Law edition of the Stories series, explaining the backstory behind the important Supreme Court cases in substantive areas. She has also written articles discussing the United States’ trust responsibility to Native American tribes which have been relied on by federal courts.