College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

C Joseph Genetin-Pilawa

C Joseph Genetin-Pilawa

C Joseph Genetin-Pilawa

Assistant Professor

19th-Century, Indigenous Histories, Public History, Washington D.C.

C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa received his PhD at Michigan State University.  He is the author of Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight over Federal Indian Policy after the Civil War (UNC Press, 2012), and the co-editor of Beyond Two Worlds: Critical Conversations on Language and Power in Native North America (SUNY Press, 2014).  His articles have appeared in the Journal of Women’s History and Western Historical Quarterly, as well as several edited collections.  Professor Genetin-Pilawa’s current research examines the visual, symbolic, and lived Indigenous landscapes of Washington D.C., focusing especially upon the ways that Native visitors and residents claimed and reclaimed spaces in the city.

Last year, Professor Genetin-Pilawa held fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution and at the Kluge Center (Library of Congress).  He also co-organized the 2014 meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory and the 2015 meeting of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. 

Selected Publications

Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight Over Federal Indian Policy after the Civil War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012). 

 Beyond “Two Worlds”: Critical Conversations on Language and Power in Native North America, Tribal Worlds series, co-edited with James Buss (State University of New York Press, 2015). 

“Ely Parker and the Paradox of Reconstruction Politics in Indian Country,” The World the Civil War Made (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press), forthcoming 2015

 “Ely Parker and the Contentious Peace Policy,” Western Historical Quarterly 41 (Summer 2010): 197-217. 

 “Ely S. Parker,” in Milestone Documents of American Leaders: Exploring the Primary Sources of Notable Americans, edited by Paul Finkelman (Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2009). 

 “’[A]ll intent on seeing the white woman married to the red man’: The Parker/Sackett Affair and the Public Spectacle of Intermarriage,” Journal of Women’s History 20(2) (June 2008): 57-85. 

 “The Politics of Assimilation in the Great Lakes, 1880-1910,” Northwest Ohio Quarterly, 73(3) (Spring 2001): 65-79.