Expertise: Native American culture and language; gender studies
Dr. Bonvillain is an authority on Native American cultures and languages. She is the author of books on the Mohawk language and on the Huron, the Mohawk, the Hopi, the Teton Sioux, the Navajo, the Inuit, the Zuni, and the Santee Sioux and on Native American Religion and Native American medicine. She has written on gender, linguistics, and narrative. She has written four textbooks: Language, Culture and Communication; Women and Men: Cultural Constructs of Gender; Native Nations: Cultures and Histories of Native North America; and Cultural Anthropology. Dr. Bonvillain’s articles have appeared in Anthropological Linguistics, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, International Journal of American Linguistics, Dialectic Anthropology, Papers on Iroquoian Research, and in several collections. She has received fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Her fieldwork has been with the Navajo and on the Akwesasne Mohawk Reserve. She has taught at Columbia University, SUNY Purchase and Stonybrook, the New School for Social Research, and Sarah Lawrence College. BA, magna cum laude, phi beta kappa, Hunter College; PhD., Columbia University.