Christina Gish Hill

Associate Professor of Anthropology


Dept:World Languages And Cultures
Office:2232 Pearson
505 Morrill Rd.
Ames IA

Area of expertise: Indigenous sovereignty

Topics of interest: American Indian Studies, Anthropology of Religion, Ethnography, Indigenous Agriculture, Kinship


Christina Gish Hill focuses her research on American Indian/Native cultures of the Northern Plains and Midwest. Her current research explores of how social relations impact cultural expressions of Native relationships with their landscapes in the face of colonial forces working to disrupt these relationships. In ethnography conducted through out these regions, Native people have reminded her that these landscapes are their home. Gish Hill explores the mechanisms Native people use to continue to assert their relationship with this landscape despite the ruptures created by removal, reservations, assimilation, and development. Her research reveals the varying levels of success that Native people have experienced when articulating their relationships to land through kinship not only with other human beings, but with non-human relatives and the land itself. She has worked on projects related to Native connections to reservation lands, public lands like National Parks, and lands vital to traditional foodways.

Grants and Awards

  • 2019 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grant, North Central Region, USDA, $200,000

  • 2019 Critical Agricultural Research and Extension Grant, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, $300,000

  • 2019 State Historical Society of Iowa Research Grant, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, $1,000

  • 2018 Bridging the Divide Interdisciplinary Research Seed Program, Iowa State University, $25,000

  • 2018 The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Seed Grant for Social Scientists, Iowa State University, $6,650

Recent / Major Publications


  • 2017 Webs of Kinship: Family in Northern Cheyenne Nationhood. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. (New Directions in Native American Studies series) (xiv-382pp).


  • 2018 "A Cheyenne Odyssey: Representing Removal in a Video Game." Museum Anthropology 12(2).

  • 2017 "Seeds As Ancestors, Seeds As Archives: Seed Sovereignty and the Politics of Repatriation." American Indian Culture and Research Journal 41(3):1-20.

  • 2016 "The Dispute over Wild Rice: An Investigation of Treaty Agreements and Ojibwe Food (with Amanda Raster)." Agriculture and Human Values 34, (2): 267-281.