Institute for New England Native American Studies

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Native American Faculty

Joshua L. Reid, PhD

(Assistant Professor of History, Director of the Native American & Indigenous Studies Program)

Born and raised in Washington State, Professor Reid (Snohomish) earned his B.A. from Yale University, with a double major in Political Science and Studies in the Environment. After graduating from Yale, he joined Teach For America and taught a range of humanities courses to middle school students in Seattle. He earned his doctorate in History, with a designated emphasis in Native American Studies, at University of California, Davis. Firmly committed to fostering ties between university and K-12 teaching, Professor Reid has participated in a number of teacher training and enrichment workshops in CA, WA, and MA, including the Teaching American History program. Some of his work with the Makah has been published recently in an edited volume. Additionally, an article on a new project exploring the issues of race and empire at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909 came out in 2010. Professor Reid has presented his work at conferences in the U.S., Canada, Finland, and New Zealand. He has received grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the American Philosophical Association, the Boston Athenaeum, the Gates Foundation, University of California, and University of Massachusetts.

Professor Reid's research interests include American Indians, identity formation, cultural meanings of space and place, the American and Canadian Wests, the environment, and the indigenous Pacific. He teaches courses on American Indian History, the American West, and U.S. History.

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Robyn Hannigan

(Chair of EEOS, College of Science and Mathematics)


Robyn is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Geological Society of America, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, and the 2007 American Chemical Society Medal awardee for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. Robyn’s research and student mentoring have been highlighted by Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, Advancing Science Serving Society and the National Science Foundation.

Robyn began her circuitous route to a career in geochemistry beginning at the College of New Jersey where she earned her BS in Biology/Chemistry. After that she completed her doctoral degree in Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Rochester focusing on high and low temperature trace element geochemistry. During her post-doctoral fellowships at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and at Old Dominion University she leveraged her expertise in geochemistry into collaborative research projects with biologists, chemists, and oceanographers.

Robyn is considered an entrepreneurial scientist meaning that, in addition to basic scientific research, her students and she pursue direct applications of their work through the development of technology. Robyn is also the Chief Science Officer of GeoMed Analytical, which uses geochemical methods to study human health and food resource issues such as food sourcing and metals in disease treatment and diagnosis. Many of her current and former students are actively involved in entrepreneurial science as well.