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Meredith McCoy

Assistant Professor of American Studies and History, American Studies

Education & Professional History

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, PhD; Lipscomb University, MEd

At Carleton since 2019.

Highlights & Recent Activity


See my recent Op-Ed with The Hechinger Report here.

Listen to my interview with Roy Taylor on KFAI Indigeneity Rising here:


Recent grants

Institute for Citizens and Scholars Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty, 2022: From June to December 2022, I will be working with a mentor on my project, “Moving for the Next Generation: Recovering Indigenous Children’s Experiences under Relocation,” which examines the experiences of Native children under relocation in Seattle, Chicago, and Minneapolis through oral histories, archival research, and my own family history.

American Philosophical Society Phillips Fund for Native American Research Recipient, 2022: This grant also supports my relocation research. The grant will allow me to create local, city-specific advisory boards to guide my research.

Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship, 2022: This grant advances the Indigenous Chicago Project, a partnership with the Newberry Library, the Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative, and other members of the Chicago Native community. The project examines the long history of Indigenous Chicago through an exhibit, curricular and digital materials, an oral history project, and public programming.

Curriculum Inquiry Writing Fellow, 2022: In June 2022, I was honored to participate in the Curriculum Inquiry Writing Fellowship and Writers’ Retreat in Toronto. My project for the fellowship explores how a pedagogical focus on pause (Patel, 2015) and contribution in the college-level classroom can help students connect and reflect as they learn histories of genocide.

Public Works: Arts and Humanities Connecting Communities Mellon Grant: This grant allowed me to work with two Native students over two summers on advancing the Indigenous Chicago Project. Together, we created a brief overview of the existing historical research on relocation in the Chicago area and began to index an archive housed at the Newberry Library.

Public Works: Arts and Humanities Connecting Communities Mellon Grant: Public Works also supported the pilot year for an Elder in Residence program at Carleton. We brought Turtle Mountain elder Denise Lajimodiere to campus for a one-week residency, during which she hosted birchbark biting workshops, gave two public talks, and met individually with faculty, staff, students, and college leadership.


Recent publications

Turtle Island Social Studies Collective. “Indigenous Futurities and the Responsibilities of Social Studies.” In Critical Race Theory and Social Studies Futures: From the Nightmare of Racial Realism to Dreaming Out Loud, edited by Amanda E. Vickery and Noreen Naseem Rodríguez. New York: Teachers College Press, 2022.

Turtle Island Social Studies Collective. “Insurgence Must Be Red: Connecting Indigenous Studies and Social Studies Education for Anticolonial Praxis.” In Insurgent Social Studies: Scholar-Educators Disrupting Erasure & Marginality, edited by Sarah B. Shear, Natasha Hakimali Merchant, and Wayne Au. Myers Education Press, 2022.

Danielle R. Gartner , Rachel E. Wilbur, and Meredith L. McCoy. “American Indian” as a Racial Category in Public Health: Implications for Communities and Practice.” American Journal of Public Health 111, no. 11 (2021): pp. 1969-1975.

McCoy, Meredith L., Roopika Risam, and Jennifer Guiliano. “The Future of Land-Grab Universities.” Native American and Indigenous Studies 8, no. 1 (2021).

McCoy, Meredith L., Leilani Sabzalian, and Tommy Ender. “Alternative Strategies for Family History Projects: Rethinking Practice in Light of Indigenous Perspectives.” The History Teacher 54, no. 3 (2021).

McCoy, Meredith L., and Villeneuve, Matthew. “Reconceiving Schooling: Centering Indigenous Experimentation in Indian Education History.” History of Education Quarterly 60, no. 4 (2020).

McCoy, Meredith L., Emma Elliott-Groves, Leilani Sabzalian, and Megan Bang. “Restoring Indigenous Systems of Relationality.” Testimony. Center for Humans and Nature, October 7, 2020.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

Tribal Nations Research Group

American Studies Association

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

National Council for the Social Studies

American Educational Research Association

National Indian Education Association

Organization of American Historians

Current Courses

  • Fall 2023
    AMST 231: Contemporary Indigenous Activism
    HIST 202: Oral History Research Methods: Theory, Ethics, and Practice
  • Winter 2024
    AMST 345: Theory and Practice of American Studies
    HIST 203: American Indian Education
  • Spring 2024
    HIST 301: Indigenous Histories at Carleton
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