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Prof. Katie Parkin

Prof. Parkin Awarded Phillips Fund for Native American Research Grant

Drawing of a Native American woman, holding a sphere of planet earth. from what was the cover of of a Women of All Red Nations (WARN) newsletter.
Drawing of a Native American woman, holding a sphere of planet earth. from the cover of of a Women of All Red Nations (WARN) newsletter.

The American Philosophical Society (APS) has awarded Katherine Parkin, Ph.D., professor in the Department of History and Anthropology, and Jules Plangere, Jr., Endowed Chair in American Social History, a Phillips Fund for Native American Research grant. She will be researching “Involuntary Sterilization and the Forced Removal of Children: A National Native American Study, 1960-1980.”

The Phillips Fund of the APS provides grants for research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans, in the continental United States and Canada. According to the APS, the grants are intended for such costs as travel, audio and video recordings, and consultants’ fees. The committee distinguishes ethnohistory from contemporary ethnography as the study of cultures and cultural change through time.

Parkin regularly teaches courses on U.S. women’s history, the cultural history of advertising, and the history of sexuality in America. Her most recent book, “Women at the Wheel: A Century of Buying, Driving, and Fixing Cars” won the 2018 Emily Toth Award for best book in feminist popular culture.  Her first book, “Food is Love: Food Advertising and Gender Roles in Modern America” won the same award in 2006. Parkin received her doctorate from Temple University and has published dozens of scholarly articles, book chapters, and reviews.