Welcome to AIIS at Carolina

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American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill features a dynamic multidisciplinary community of faculty, students, and staff, and is housed in the Department of American Studies.

Some of our faculty hold appointments in American Studies, others in the departments of AnthropologyHistoryLinguistics, Religious Studies, and Romance Studies.

Our research, teaching, and service focus on the histories, contemporary experiences, expressive cultures, languages, and political status of indigenous peoples in and beyond North America.  Many of us are devoted to collaborative research, and we value engaged scholarship that is relevant to Native American and indigenous communities.

Begun as a “program” in 1998, AIIS established a minor in 2003, and inaugurated a major concentration with the Department of American Studies in 2008.

Outstanding graduate programs in American Studies, Anthropology, Art, English, Folklore, History, Linguistics, and Romance Languages and Literatures complement our excellence at the undergraduate level.

AIIS collaborates with the UNC American Indian Center on a variety of activities and programs–including the Elder-In-Residence Program, annual Michael D. Green Lecture, and Carolina Seminar in American Indian and Indigenous Studies–and is supportive of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at UNC.