Faculty & Staff

Amy Den Ouden

  • Associate Professor of Women's Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Telephone: 617.287.6780
  • Office Location: W-5-075

Areas of Expertise

Indigenous land rights and the reservation system in colonial southern New England , Historical anthropology and colonialism, Federal acknowledgment and tribal nation sovereignty in the 21st century, Indian policy and racial hierarchy, Gender studies and Feminist Theory, Indigenous women and political activism in North America, Human rights and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in global perspective


PhD, University of Connecticut
MA, Trinity College

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Amy Den Ouden received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut, with a specialization in Native North America. She has done extensive archival, oral history and ethnographic research as a part of her work for the federal acknowledgment projects of the Eastern Pequot and Golden Hill Paugussett tribal nations in Connecticut from 1991 through 2002. Den Ouden's research has been supported by the Smithsonian Institution, where she held a predoctoral fellowship in the National Museum of American History, and by the American Philosophical Society, Phillips Native American Fund. She is an Advisory Board member for First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies (, and an invited consultant for the Connecticut Native History Project/ of the Connecticut Humanities Council. She has also served on the Advisory Board for the Wampanoag Indigenous Program at Plimoth Plantation. Den Ouden was invited to present her current research for the scholars' workshop on Settler Colonialism, Gender, Sexuality and the Question of Human Rights at the University of Connecticut (April 2013), where she presented a paper entitled "Indian Policy's Executions: Katherine Garrett, Colonial Narratives of Condemnation, and Local Chronologies of Violence in Southern New England." In addition, she has presented her ongoing research on colonialism, Indian policy, and indigenous land rights for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers, Native Americans of New England: A Historical Overview (July 2013, University of Massachusetts Amherst), for which she lectured on reservation land, racial formation, and indigenous resistance in the 18th century. Courses Taught: Gender, Culture and Power Introduction to Human Rights Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Native American Women Anthropology and Film Native Peoples of North America Native New England: Contemporary Issues Theory in Cultural Anthropology Feminist Thought Contemporary Issues in Native North America Land, Law and Indigenous Rights (Honors Program seminar) Research Methods in Historical Anthropology (graduate seminar) Colonialism and Culture Contact (graduate seminar)