Elise Boxer

Elise Boxer

Coordinator, Native American Studies / Assistant Professor

HISTORY

East Hall

Phone: (605) 677-5218

Email: Elise.Boxer@usd.edu

Bio:

Dr. Elise Boxer is an enrolled citizen of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes. She is Dakota from the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands. Boxer received her Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University.


Teaching Interests:

Dr. Boxer has developed and taught over 15 courses in Native American Studies and History. She has taught a variety of courses in Native Studies from the "Introduction to the Native American Studies Discipline" to "Crime in Indian Country." Boxer is looking forward to bringing her expertise to the University of South Dakota and continue to develop and teach courses in Native Studies.


Research Interests:

Dr. Boxer is currently working on her manuscript, To Become White and Delightsome: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and construction of a "Lamanite" Identity. Her manuscript explores the construction of race in the LDS church and the manner in which race and identity has been defined, constructed and maintained. Her primary focus is on Indigenous peoples in the United States and the creation of a religious identity or using Mormon terminology, a "Lamanite" identity. Boxer has a chapter, "This is the Place!" Disrupting Mormon settler colonialism," that will appear in Decolonizing Mormonism, edited by Joanne Brooks and Gina Colvin that will be published by the University of Utah Press in 2015. She recently had an article, "The Lamanites Shall Blossom as the Rose:" The Indian Student Placement Program, Mormon whiteness and Indigenous identity accepted for a special issue on race for the Journal of Mormon History that will also be published in 2015.


Education:

  • Ph D, American Indian History and United States Hstory, Arizona State University , 2009
  • BA, History , Washington State University , 2002
  • BA, Social Studies, Washington State University , 2002
  • MA, American History , Utah State University , 2002

Research:

  • The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Charles Redd Center

Grants:

  • Sustainable Rivers: Integrating Earth Science & Sustainability Across the Curriculum, National Science Foundation. Grant Role: Supporting. (2015 - 2016)

Publications:

Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Brooks, Joanna, Colvin, Gina, and Boxer, Elise. "This is the Place!" Disrupting Mormon settler colonialism,". In Decolonizing Mormonism. Salt Lake City, Utah : University of Utah , 2018.
  • Boxer, Elise. Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Struggle for Whiteness. Vol. 86, Iss. 3. Pacific Historical Review , 2017. (DOI: 10.1525/phr.2017.86.3.552)
  • Boxer, Elise. "The Lamanites Shall Blossom as the Rose:" The Indian Student Placement Program, Mormon whiteness and Indigenous identity, 132-176. Vol. 41, Iss. 4. Salt Lake City, Utah : Journal of Mormon History , 2015.
  • Colvin, Gina, Boxer, Elise, Maffly-Kipp, Laurie, Inouye, Melissa, and Graham-Russell, Janaan. Roundtable Discussion: Challenging Mormon Race Scholarship. Edited by Gina Colvin, 258-281. Vol. 41, Iss. 3. University of Illinois Press: Journal of Mormon History , 2015.
  • Boxer, Elise. Seeing Red: Hollywood's Pixeled Skins, 193. Vol. 45, Iss. 2. Logan, Utah: The Western Historical Quarterly, 2014.
  • Boxer, Elise. The Indianization of Lewis and Clark 2 vols., 81. Vol. 82, Iss. 1. Salt Lake City, Utah : Utah State Historical Quarterly , 2014.
  • Boxer, Elise. The Native American Mascot Controversy: A Handbook. Vol. 36, Iss. 4. Los Angeles, CA: American Indian Culture and Research Journal , 2013.
  • Boxer, Elise. Real Native Genius: How an Ex-Slave and White Mormon became famous Indians. Journal of Mormon History .
  • Boxer, Elise. A Generation Removed: The Fostering and Adoption of Indigenous Children in Postwar World. South Dakota History .
  • Boxer, Elise. Company B and World War II: The Dakota and Assiniboine men of the Fort Peck Sioux and Assiniboine reservation. Helena, MT: Montana Magazine.

Awards and Honors:

  • A&S Travel Grant, College of Arts & Sciences, 2014
  • Charles Redd Center Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Charles Redd Center, 2013

Presentations:

  • Boxer, Elise, Orrona, Britni, Hansen, Charlotte. Presented at the Western History Association , San Diego, CA. (November 3, 2017)
  • Boxer, Elise, Deloria, Philip, Lomawaima, Tsianina, O'Brien, Jean, Gilbert, Matthew S., Cahill, Cathleen, Warren, Louis, Blansett, Kent. State of the Field: American Indian History. Presented at the Western History Associaton , San Diego, CA. (November 3, 2017)
  • Boxer, Elise. Revitalizing and Rebuilding the Native American Studies Program at the University of South Dakota and South Dakota. Presented at the Consider the Century , Brookings, SD. (October 27, 2017)
  • Boxer, Elise, Meyers, Richard. American Indian Studies-Great Plains Consortium Presents: The Challenge of Creating American Indian/Native American Studies Programs. Presented at the American Indian Studies Association , Albuquerque, New Mexico. (February 3, 2017)
  • Boxer, Elise, Bowman, Collette, Littlebird, Dalen, Picklesimer, Melanie. Native American Studies Students Reflect: Indigenous People's Day and Healing Strategies. Presented at the American Indian Studies Association , Albuquerque, New Mexico. (February 3, 2017)
  • Boxer, Elise. Advocacy and Indigenous Resistance: The Ongoing Assault Against Indigenous Sovereignty, Community and Land. Presented at the American Indian Studies Association , Albuquerque, New Mexico. (February 2, 2017)
  • Boxer, Elise, Boxer, Elise. Revitalizing and Rebuilding Native Studies at the University of South Dakota. Presented at the American Indian Studies Association , Albuquerque, New Mexico. (February 5, 2016)
  • Boxer, Elise. Decolonizing Mormonism. Presented at the Sunstone: Salt Lake Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah. (July 30, 2015)
  • Boxer, Elise, Boxer, Elise. "I am an Indian:" Dakota Mormon syncretism or Mormon colonialism?. Presented at the Mormon History Association Conference, Provo, Utah. (June 5, 2015)
  • Boxer, Elise. Damakota Winyan: On being Dakota and LDS. Presented at the Theology on the Margins, Salt Lake City, Utah. (March 15, 2015)
  • Boxer, Elise. "Mormon Missionaries and the Indian Student Placement Program". Presented at the Northern Great Plains History Conference, Sioux Falls, SD. (October 10, 2014)
  • Boxer, Elise. "The 'Mormon Exemption:' The Indian Child Welfare Act and the Indian Student Placement Program.". Presented at the Western History Association Conference , Newport Beach, CA. (October 10, 2014)
  • Boxer, Elise. "This is the Place!": the Politics of Geography, Identity and Memory". Presented at the Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois. (September 20, 2014)
  • Boxer, Elise. "Author Meets Critics: A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary". Presented at the Sunstone: Salt Lake Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT. (July 31, 2014)
  • Boxer, Elise. "New Directions in Indigenous Mormon and Mormon-Indigenous Studies.". Presented at the Mormon History Association Conference, San Antonio, TX. (June 6, 2014)
  • Boxer, Elise. "Disrupting and Considering New Directions for Indigenous Mormon and Mormon-Indigenous Studies.". Presented at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association , Austin, Texas. (May 30, 2014)
  • Boxer, Elise. "This is the Place" Heritage Park: Historical Memory and the creation of a 'Pioneer" Identity". Presented at the Mujeres, Activas, en Letras y Cambio, Columbus, OH. (July 18, 2013)
  • Boxer, Elise. "[A[n Indian, a Lamanite:" Mormon Native student identity in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". Presented at the NativeA merican and Indigenous Studies Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. (June 2013)
  • Boxer, Elise. "Lamanites Shall Blossom as a Rose: Racial Formations and Mormon Colonialism". Presented at the Native American Literature Symposium, Mystic Lake Casino, Minnesota. (March 2013)
  • Boxer, Elise. "Go my Son:'" The construction and negotiation of Mormon Native identity in the Indian Student Placement Program". Presented at the American Indian Studies Association , Tempe, AZ. (February 8, 2013)