Sarah Deer

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, School of Public Affairs & Administration
Professor
Primary office:
785-864-9713
Blake Hall
Room 322
University of Kansas
1535 W. 15th Street
Lawrence 66045


Sarah Deer (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) has worked to end violence against women for over 25 years and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2014. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims' rights. Prof. Deer is a co-author of four textbooks on tribal law. Her latest book is The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America, which has received several awards. Her work on violence against Native women has received national recognition from the American Bar Association and the Department of Justice. Professor Deer is also the Chief Justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals.

Education

J.D., University of Kansas School of Law

B.A., Women's Studies, Philosophy, with Honors, University of Kansas

Research Interests

  • Indigenous legal studies
  • Tribal court jurisdiction
  • Tribal court process and procedure
  • Tribal appellate courts
  • Violence against Native American women
  • Federal law reform
  • Victims&rsquo
  • Rights
  • Feminist jurisprudence
  • Indigenous feminist legal theory
  • Mvskoke language

Selected Publications

Nagle, K. & Deer, S. (in press). Return to Worcester: Dollar General and the Restoration of Tribal Jurisdiction to Protect Native Women and Children
. Harvard Journal of Law and Gender.

Deer, S. & Murphy, L. (in press). “Animals May Take Pity on Us”: Using Traditional Tribal Beliefs
To Address Animal Abuse and Family Violence Within Tribal Nations
. Mitchell Hamline Law Review.

Deer, S. (2017). Bystander No More? Improving the Federal Response to Sexual Violence in Indian Country. Utah Law Review, 2017(4), 771-800. http://dc.law.utah.edu/ulr/vol2017/iss4/7/

Deer, S. (2015). The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America
, University of Minnesota Press.

Selected Awards & Honors

Spirit of Excellence Award
American Bar Association
2016

MacArthur Fellowship
2014

Allied Professional Award
United States Department of Justice
2011


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