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Release: April 10, 2002

UI creates post-doctoral fellowship in Native Studies

As part of an effort to strengthen its American Indian and Native Studies Program, the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the Office of the Provost has created a new post-doctoral fellowship that will bring newly minted Ph.D.s to the UI for two-year intervals to teach and conduct research.

The first visiting assistant professor to fill the position, Lomayumtewa Ishii, will begin work in fall 2002. Ishii earned his Ph.D. in history from Northern Arizona University, and his research offers a new perspective on an incident that has captured the imagination of non-Indian scholars—the self-destruction of the Hopi village of Awatovi in 1700. Using an interdisciplinary approach that integrates North American archaeological records, and Hopi artifacts and oral traditions, Ishii interprets this historical event within a Hopi cultural context.

Ishii has been a visiting scholar and given presentations on Hopi culture in several European universities. He also was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in 1999-2000.

Helena Dettmer, director of the college’s Division of Interdisciplinary Programs, said the position was created with several goals in mind including increasing the presence of Native American scholars and scholarship on Native Americans at the UI, academically enriching the UI American Indian and Native Studies Program, providing role models for Native American students who may aspire to careers in academe, and identifying potential Native American candidates for faculty.