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Two new faculty announced for Native Studies program at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota College of Arts & Sciences announced today that Elise Boxer, Ph.D., and David C. Posthumus, Ph.D., will teach Native Studies at USD beginning this fall. Boxer, assistant professor in history, is an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes; while Posthumus, an assistant professor of anthropology, comes to USD from the American Indian Studies Research Institute at Indiana University.

“We are pleased to have hired two new faculty to bring energy and commitment to our Native Studies major and minor,” said Matthew Moen, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We are delighted to have hired these two tenure-track assistant professors following a vigorous national search process.”

Boxer, who most recently served as visiting assistant professor in the Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Utah, earned a Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University, her M.A. in history from Utah State University, and a B.A. in history and a B.A. in social studies from Washington State University. She was also a visiting assistant professor of American Indian Studies at Eastern Washington University from 2010-12. Posthumus, a member of the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University, earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in anthropology from Indiana, and a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from Michigan State University. His teaching experience includes Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies (associate instructor), Indians of North America (assistant instructor) and Revitalizations Movements in Native North America (associate instructor).

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Both Boxer and Posthumus join Armik Mirzayan, Ph.D., assistant professor of languages, linguistics and philosophy, who teaches Lakota and American Indian languages at USD.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News