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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Chelsea Mead

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Chelsea Mead


2014 Ph.D. American History and Comparative Global Indigenous Studies, Specializations in Linguistics, Anthropology and 20th Century U.S., Native America.  Arizona State University.
2012 M.A. in American History, Arizona State University.
2008 M.A. in African American and Native American History, Central Michigan University.
2006 B.S. in Anthropology and History, Central Michigan University.


Having grown up in Michigan, Chelsea Mead is excited to be returning to the Midwest and joining the MNSU community. She received a M.A. in History (2008) and a BS with honors in Anthropology, History and American Indian Studies from Central Michigan University (2003). During her time in Michigan, she began learning and studying Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe language). She continued working with the language during her doctoral work at Arizona State University. While at ASU, Professor Mead worked on multiple grant funded projects with the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona and helped found the American Indian Graduate Student Organization on ASU’s campus. She continued her training in Anthropology and History by working with scholars in American Indian Education, Applied Linguistics, and Native American History.

In 2012, Professor Mead received the Pre-Doctorate Fellowship in American Indian Studies at Michigan State University. While at MSU, she taught a course on American Indian Culture for the Anthropology Department and wrote her dissertation, which examines the intersection between higher educational institutions and indigenous language revitalization, specifically, Ojibwe language efforts. Relational understandings of these programs and their creation and evolution form the basis of her current research. She also participated in a weekly Anishinaabemowin language circle with community elders.

Areas of specialization include social/cultural anthropology, ethnography, applied anthropology, American history, Indigenous history, oral history and tradition, globally comparative Indigenous studies, Indigenous and community activism, applied linguistics, education policy and practice, museum studies and Indigenous language revitalization and survivance.

Courses Taught at MNSU

  • ANTH 240 - Language and Culture
  • ANTH 250W - Portraits of Culture
  • ANTH 440/540 - Native American Cultures of North America
  • ANTH 494 - Linguistic Lab
  • ANTH 498 - Intern: Teaching Anthropology
  • AIS 101 - Introduction to American Indian Studies
  • AIS 102 - American Indian Country to 1900
  • AIS 210W - Oral Traditions
  • AIS 455/555 - Museum Science and Representation
  • AIS 475 - Global Indigeneity