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Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies
University Studies, 420 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-7545
My new book Contesting Constructed Indian-ness: The Intersection of the Frontier, Masculinity, and Whiteness in Native American Mascot Representations, was published by Lexington Books in May 2013.

The book is a critique of mascots based on Native Americans perspectives via the creation of them through parameters of ethnicity, gender, and space/place.

I spoke about this topic on WSYR TV in May, 2013.

Degree

Ph.D. Syracuse University, Social Science Program, 2005
B.A, M.A. SUNY at Buffalo, Native American Studies, 1987, 1992

Interests

Anthropology, The Iroquois, Native American Images on Film, Contemporary Issues in Native American Studies, Native American Cultures, Anthropology of Media

Teaching Experience

SOAN 102: Introduction to Anthropology; CORE 188: The Iroquois; NAST 211: Native American Images on Film; NAST 302: Contemporary Issues in Native American Studies; SOAN 358: Native American Cultures; SOAN 374: Anthropology of Media

Publications

The Salamanca Warriors: A Case Study of an “Exception to the Rule,”” Journal of Anthropological Research, vol. 67, no. 2, pp. 245-265, Summer 2011

Contesting Constructed Indian-ness: The Intersection of the Frontier, Masculinity, and Whiteness in Native American Mascot Representations, single-authored book focusing on critique of mascots based on Native Americans perspectives via the creation of them through parameters of ethnicity, gender, and space/place, published by Lexington Books, May 2013

“Loss of Voice at Oneida Indian Nation: Use of Traditional Social Control in a Contemporary Native Community,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal, May 2013

“Indian-Styled Mascots, Masculinity, and the Manipulated Indian Body,” journal-length article focusing on the commodification and consumption of the Indian body as represented by the former University of Illinois mascot, by Ethnohistory, June 2013

Presentations and Guest Lectures

2013 Presenter, “Haudenosaunee Freedom of Movement: Comments on a Tradition of Crossing Borders,” 9th Annual Storytellers Conference, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, March

2012 Presenter, “Indigenous Identity, Indigenous Integrity, and International Security,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November

2012 Presenter, “How the Iroquois Nationals became International Terrorists,” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference, Mohegan Sun Casino, CT, June

2011 Keynote Speaker, “Lacrosse, Passports, and the Onondaga Nation,” Native American Cultural Event, SUNY Empire State College, East Syracuse, NY, December

2011 Presenter, “Gaming, Symbolic Cannibalism, and Tribal Tradition,” Native American Indigenous Studies Conference, Sacramento, CA, May

2010 Presenter, “Traditional Knowledge and Contemporary Concerns: Gaming, Social Control, and the Tribal Nation-State,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November

2010 Panelist, “Native People in Popular Culture, Stereotypes, and Mascots,” Empire State College, East Syracuse, NY, September

2010 Presenter, “The Rez Car,” Native American Indigenous Studies Conference, Tucson, AZ, May

2009 Presenter, “Ethnic Humor and Iconic Images: Contemporary Representations of the Rez Car,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, December

2009 Presenter, “Seneca Education Initiatives: 1956-2009,” Iroquois Studies Conference, Rensselaerville, NY, October

2009 Panelist, “From Survival to the Academy: Iroquois Initiatives in Education,” Native American Indian Education Association of New York Annual Conference, Salamanca, NY, July

2009 Guest Presenter, “Native American Mascot Issues,” Iroquois Indian Museum, Howe’s Cave, NY, July

2009 Guest Presenter, “Issues of Native American Sports Mascots and College Athletics and Professional Sports Franchises,” Nazareth College, Rochester, NY, February

2009 Guest Lecture, “Native Americans, Mascots, and Higher Education,” University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, February

2008 Presenter, “Iroquois Modes of Identity,” Center for Indigenous Law Conference, Syracuse Law School, Syracuse, NY, November

2008 Presenter, “Native or Indian: Identity, Athletics, Academics and Social Investment at a “Contracting District,” Iroquois Studies Conference, Rensselaerville, NY, October

2007 Presenter, “Making Miss Chief: Gender in the Construction of Native American Mascots,” Iroquois Studies Conference Rensselaerville, NY, October

2007 Panelist, “Mascot Issues in the Iroquois Confederacy and in New York State,” Native American Indian Education Association of New York Conference, Niagara Falls, NY, April

2007 Presenter, “A Model of Mascot Retirement: The Saltine Warrior vs. Chief Illiniwek,” Northeast Anthropological Association Conference, Ithaca College, April

Associations, Organizations, and Professional Groups

Member, Native American Steering Committee, since 2007

Member, Faculty Diversity Committee, since 2007

Member, American Anthropological Association, since 2008

Member, Association of Indigenous Anthropologists, since 2008

Member, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, since 2010

Founding Member, Central New York Native American Consortium, Fall 1998