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University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2009.
B.A., University of Missouri, 2001.

Research Interests and Honors

Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote’s research interests centered upon American Indian history, material, and expressive culture. Her current project, a book manuscript based on her dissertation, entitled “Envisioning Nationhood:  Kiowa Expressive Culture 1875-1939,” argues that expressive culture (beadwork, metalwork, painting, and dance) is a vital location through which the Kiowa, a tribe in Oklahoma have created, maintained, and reformulated the boundaries and bonds of their nation.  She has also done research on nineteenth century Plains ledger drawings examining intercultural interactions featured in Southern Plains pictorial art.

Before joining the faculty in American Studies, she earned a Carolina Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity.  She was also awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Minnesota and the Charles A. Eastman Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Native American Studies at Dartmouth College.

Teaching Interests

Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote’s courses reflected her interdisciplinary interests in American Indian cultural and political history.  She has offered, “Twentieth Century Native America,” a class that explored American Indian social history, sovereignty, and autonomy though an interdisciplinary lens.  It also examined Native artists, cultural leaders, athletes, and others participated in the lives of their communities and American popular culture.  She also teaches  “ The Kiowa in American Indian Studies,” which considers the field through the lens of scholarship about the Kiowa and “American Indian Art and Material Culture.”

Courses Taught

AMST/HIST/ANTH 234: The Kiowa in American Indian Studies
AMST/HIST 235: Native America in the Twentieth Century
AMST 390: American Indian Art and Material Culture