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.
Fall 2018: Dr. Deer is teaching WGSS 396 "Studies in: Native Feminisms."
J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
B.A., Women's Studies, Philosophy, with Honors, University of Kansas
- Indigenous legal studies
- Tribal court jurisdiction
- Tribal court process and procedure
- Tribal appellate courts
- Violence against Native American women
- Federal law reform
- Feminist jurisprudence
- Indigenous feminist legal theory
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. (2018). NATIVE PEOPLE AND VIOLENT CRIME: Gendered Violence and Tribal Jurisdiction. Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race.
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. & Murphy, L. (2017). “Animals May Take Pity on Us”: Using Traditional Tribal Beliefs To Address Animal Abuse and Family Violence Within Tribal Nations . Mitchell Hamline Law Review, 43(4), 703-742.
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
Allied Professional Award
United States Department of Justice