I am currently an Assistant Professor in American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University. I am interested in the ways contemporary Native peoples, particularly young adults, are navigating spaces and negotiating what it means to be modern Indigenous people in an age of digital and social media, and the ways these technological advances are allowing for Native peoples to expand ideas of Nation Building, identity, community, and activism. These broad interests have developed into two distinct, but overlapping, areas of work: College access and transition for Native students, and examining representations of Native peoples in pop culture through online communities. These two strands of my research agenda examine the ongoing impacts of colonialism and the erasure of Native peoples from the American narrative, as well as the power of education for Native peoples to push back on stereotypes and work to (re)define what it means to be a contemporary Native person.

My Brown University academic page can be found here.

Course Syllabi: 

 Introduction to Critical Race Theory

Contemporary Indigenous Education in North America

 History and Resistance in Representations of Native Peoples

New Media as a Tool for Social and Political Change

Settler Colonialism, Resistance, and Resilience

Elizabeth Warren, Cherokee Citizenship, and DNA testing (syllabus made for the Critical Ethnic Studies Blog with Cherokee Scholars Joseph Pierce and Rebecca Nagle)

I'm happy to share my syllabi here and hope they're helpful, I'd just ask that you credit me if you end up using verbatim text or large portions of any of these documents. I’d also love to hear from you how you’ve used them—it helps my tenure case too! They're also always works in progress, so check back for newer versions.

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  • Keene, A (in press). “To the Man Who Gave Me Cancer”. In E. Washuta & T. Warburton (Eds.), Exquisite Vessel: Shapes of Native Nonfiction. University of Washington Press. 

  • Keene, A. (in press). “#NoDAPL as pedagogy: Bringing the movement into the university classroom”. In D. Paris, A. Eagleshield, T. San Pedro, & R. Paris (Eds), Education in Movement Spaces: From Standing Rock to Chicago Freedom Square. Routledge Press.

  • Keene, A.J. (in press).Dear Native Student: You are Loved” in Women’s Rhetorical Acts:  Writing, Speaking, and Making in the 21st Century

  • Keene, A. J. (2018). “Tough Conversations and ‘Giving Back’: Native Freshman Experiences and Perspectives on College Access”. In S. Waterman, S.Lowe, & H. Shotton, (Eds.), Beyond Access: Native Students and College Access. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

  • Keene, A.J. (2018). “Understanding relationships in the college process: Indigenous methodologies, reciprocity, and College Horizons students” In H. Shotton & R. Minthorn (Eds), Indigenous Methodologies in Higher Education Research. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers Press.

  • Keene, A.J.; Tachine, A; Nelson, C. (2017). Braiding Our (In)Visibility: Native Women Navigating the Doctoral Process through Social Media. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity. 3(1), retrieved from:

  • Keene, A. J. (2017) "Love in the Time of Blood Quantum: The relationships between dating and colonialism". In Hill, N., Rattertree, K., (Eds.), The Great Vanishing Act: Blood Quantum and the Future of Native Nations. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing.

  • Keene, A. J. (2016). College pride, Native pride: a portrait of a culturally grounded precollege access program for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Students. Harvard Educational Review86(1), 72-97.

  • Keene, A.J. (2015). Dear Native Student: You are Loved. In L. Charleyboy, M. Leatherdale (Eds.), Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City. 90-94. Toronto: Annick Press.

  • Keene, A; Lowe, S.C. (2015) “Introduction to projects in Education.” In D. Norman & J. Kalt (Eds.), Universities and Indian Country: Case Studies in Tribal-Driven Research. Tucson, AZ: Univeristy of Arizona Press.

  • Truong, K.; Graves, D.; and Keene, A. J. (2014) "Faculty of color teaching Critical Race Theory at a PWI: An autoethnography," Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis. 3(2), Retrieved from:

  •  Keene, A. (2012). [Review of "Postsecondary Education for American Indian and Alaska Natives: Higher Education for Nation Building and Self-Determination"]. Harvard Educational Review, 82(4), 559.

  • Keene, A. (2009). "The Spirit of Gadugi: Native students and the college admission process". Winds of Change 16th Annual College Guide, 16(5) 8-11.