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Brianna Theobald

  • Assistant Professor

PhD, Arizona State University

454 Rush Rhees Library
brianna.theobald@rochester.edu


Field

American History

Research Overview

My first book manuscript, under contract with University of North Carolina Press, explores the intersection of colonial and reproductive politics on reservations over the course of the long twentieth century.  The manuscript integrates an analysis of reproduction-related policies and practices targeting Native American women with a local history of childbearing, motherhood, and activism in a single location--the Crow Reservation in southern Montana.  In this book, I make two central arguments.  First, I demonstrate the centrality of biological reproduction to evolving settler colonial objectives.  Second, I foreground the creative ways that Native women have organized around reproduction--biological as well as social and cultural--throughout the century.

The reproductive justice activism I explore in my first book has inspired my ongoing research agenda, which includes a study of the emergence of a "battered women's movement" and the establishment of domestic violence shelters in urban centers, small towns, and on reservations in the 1970s and 1980s.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • HIS 189:  Wives, Witches, and Wenches: Women in American History, Syllabus