Kasey Keeler


Kasey Keeler is the Native American Studies Postdoctoral Fellow & Instructor. She is housed in the American Studies Program and is also affiliated with the Americas Center. Kasey’s work is largely informed by federal Indian policy, housing policy, land, property, suburbanization, place making, as well as public memory and public history. In particular Kasey’s research examines suburbs as historically Indian places and she works to demonstrate the continuous residency of American Indian people in suburbs, disrupting narratives of suburbs as primarily white places that developed from the post-WWII housing boom. Kasey is an interdisciplinary scholar, drawing on demography, historical archives, legal and policy documents, oral history, and auto-ethnography.

While at UVA, Kasey will work on transforming her dissertation into a book manuscript. In her book manuscript, American Indians and the American Dream: Suburban Indians, Policies, and Property in Minnesota, Kasey juxtapose federal Indian policy and both land and housing policies in the United States. Her book manuscript begins with the Homestead Act of 1862 and before moving in chronological order to examine the FHA, the GI Bill, the creation of HUD, and ends with the creation of the Section 184 Home Loan program – the only off-reservation homeownership program for American Indians administered by the federal government under HUD. Kasey investigates the role of federal policies that promoted suburbanization and new home construction and interrogates how the federal Indian policies simultaneously prevented American Indian suburbanization and homeownership. Her research draws on scholarship from Native American and Indigenous studies, American studies, urban studies, suburban studies, and sociology by challenging narratives of suburbia that predominately focus on whiteness, domesticity, and homeownership in the post-WWII period. Kasey will also teach course in Native American Studies while she is at UVA that cover such topics as federal Indian policy, Native American literature, Indians in Virginia, indigenous histories of place, and Native Americans in popular culture.

Kasey received her Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Minnesota in May 2016 and earned her B.A. at the University of Wisconsin in Political Science in 2005.

If you are interested in taking a Native American Studies course with Kasey, please check out her course offerings in American Studies, course descriptions will also be available on Lou’s List. During Fall 2017 Kasey will teach Native Americans in Virginia and during Spring 2018 she will teach Indigenous Histories of Place. You can contact Kasey by email at krk8q@virginia.edu

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Native American Studies Postdoctoral Fellow