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Robert Keith Collins

Robert Keith Collins, a four-field trained anthropologist, is Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. He holds a BA in Anthropology and a BA in Native American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Collins also holds an MA and PhD in Anthropology from UCLA. Using a person-centered ethnographic approach, his research explores American Indian cultural changes and African and Native American interactions in North, Central, and South America. His recent academic efforts include being a co-curator on the Smithsonian’s traveling banner exhibit “IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas,” an edited volume with Cognella Press (2017) on “African and Native American Contact in the U.S.: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives,” an edited volume for the American Indian Culture and Research Journal at UCLA (2013) on “Reducing Barriers to Native American Student Success,” a forthcoming edited volume under contract with Routledge on Studying African-Native Americans: Problems, Perspectives, and Prospects, a forthcoming edited volume under contract with Cognella Press (2019) on Native American Populations and Colonial Diseases, and two books in final preparation: African-Native Americans: Racial Expectations and Red-Black Lived Realities (University of Minnesota Press) and Memories of Kin that Race Can’t Erase: Kinship, Memory, and Self Among African-Choctaw Mixed Bloods (University of North Carolina Press).

Bio Jul 2020