Anthropology faculty: Kelly M. Branam

Kelly BranamKelly M. Branam

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. Indiana University.

I am a cultural anthropologist with major interests in political and legal anthropology, ethnohistory, and identity studies. My current research focuses on concepts of law, politics, government, and “constitution making” within the Apsáalooke or Crow Indian nation located in south-central Montana, US. I am also interested in the ways in which American Indian nations have struggled to retain their identity, sovereignty and land in the face of overarching U.S. federal policy. As well, I am currently collaborating with archaeologists, students, and Crow people in cultural resource management concerning the Bighorn Canyon Recreation area, southeast of the Crow Indian reservation.  

I am dedicated to a four sub-field approach to anthropology and to helping students realize how anthropology applies to their everyday life and professional careers. I teach several courses including Introduction to Anthropology and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. I also teach Indians of the Americas, topics courses in American Indian Studies, and political/legal anthropology. I also work with the CRM Master’s program and teach the proseminar in cultural anthropology.

Selected Papers and Publications:

“Constitutions as Mechanisms of Resistance: The Crow (Apsáalooke) Case.” Paper presented at the 66th Annual Plains Anthropological Conference, Oct. 1-4, 2008, Laramie, WY.

“Cultural Persistence Through Constitution Making: The New Apsáalooke  

Constitution.” Presented at the American Society for Ethnohistory, Annual Meeting, Tulsa, OK, 2007.

“Field Work on the Crow Indian Reservation.” Society for the Anthropology of North America. March Issue of Anthropology Newsletter, 2007. 


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