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Faculty and Staff

Brooke M. Bauer, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: History and Native American Studies
USC Lancaster
Phone: 803-313-7440
Office: Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster, SC
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 11:00 am - 5:00, and Fridays by appointment
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Brooke Bauer, History Professor


Dr. Brooke Bauer is a citizen of the Catawba Indian Nation of South Carolina and a professor of history. Her fields of specialization include Native American Studies, U.S. history, American Women's history, and Native North American material culture. Bauer received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2016. She has published two book chapters and several book reviews. Bauer is currently working on a manuscript that analyzes becoming and being Catawba, 1540-1840. Her central argument is that Catawba women played a key role in becoming and being Catawba during the period under study.


“In My Mother’s Hands,” in We Will Always Be Here: Southern Native Peoples on Living and Thriving in the 20th Century and Beyond, ed. Denise Bates, University Press of Florida (May 2016).

Review of Katherine M. B. Osburn’s Choctaw Resurgence in Mississippi: Race, Class, and Nation Building in the Jim Crow South, 1830-1977 (2014), Ethnohistory (2016).

Review of Robbie Ethridge’s From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and 
the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540-1715 (2010), The Alabama Review 
(April 2012), 139-141.

“Catawba Indians’ Adaptive Response to Colonialism,” in The Ethics of Anthropology and 
Amerindian Research: Reporting on Environmental Degradation and Warfare, eds. Richard J. Chacon and Rubén G. Mendoza, Springer, 2012.

“They would not part with their Land”: Catawba Indian Land Ownership, 1750-1840, American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, November 10, 2016.

“‘Their Chief Occupation is the Manufacture of Pottery’: Catawba Indian Women and Catawba Identity,” Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, April 8, 2016.

“Peddling Pottery: Catawba Indian Women, Pottery, and the Persistence of Catawba Identity,” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Annual Meeting, 
Washington, D.C., June 5, 2015.

“Catawba Indian Land Leasing System in South Carolina, 1790-1840,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, July 18, 2014.

“Eighteenth-Century Catawba Society,” Keynote speech for Native American Studies Week, 
University South Carolina-Lancaster, March 2014. 

“‘Stay at Home and defend yourselves, your Women, and Children’: The Influence of Warfare, Disease, and Town Relocations on Eighteenth-Century Catawba Women,” Triangle Early American History Seminar (TEAHS), Durham, N.C., November 2013.
“Eighteenth-Century Catawba Women, Kinship, and Identity,” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Annual Meeting, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, June 2013.

“Catawba Indian Basketry and Catawba Identity,” Smithsonian Institution of Museum Anthropology Colloquium, Washington, D.C., July 2012.

“Catawba Women, Travelers, and Traders,” Native American Studies Week, University of 
South Carolina Lancaster, March 2011. 

“18th Century Catawba Women and Land Ownership,” Newberry Library American Indian Studies Colloquium, Chicago, July 2011.

“Sally New River: Catawba Indian in the 18th Century,” Newberry Library American Indian Studies Colloquium, Chicago, July 2010.

“The Yamasee War: A Native American Armed Response to Colonialism,” American Anthropologist Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, 2009.

“Colonial Indian Slavery,” Winthrop University Anthropology Colloquium, Rock Hill, S.C., 

“Colonial Indian Slavery in the Carolinas,” Native American Studies Week, University of South Carolina Lancaster, 2008.

Indigenous Languages Summer Institute, University of North Carolina-Asheville, June 2016.

Tribal Stewardship Cohort Program: Digital Heritage Management, Archiving and Mukurtu CMS Training, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, Washington State University, 2016-2017.

Sallie Markham Michie U.S. History Prize, Davie Poplar Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 2015.

Graduate Summer Internship Award, History Department, University of North carolina-Chapel Hill, June 2015.

Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowship, William L. Clements Library, University of 
Michigan, May 2015.

Newberry Library Newberry Consortium on American Indian Studies Spring Workshop on 
Research Methods Award, “Betting on Indian Country: Indian Gaming in the 
Archives,” University of Nevada at Las Vegas, March 18-21, 2014.

Sequoyah Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Royster Society of Fellows, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, August 2013–April 2014.

Phillips Fund Grant for Native American Research, American Philosophical Society, 
June 2013.

North Carolina Native American Incentive Award, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 
June 2012.

Newberry Library Consortium on American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellowship, 
Summer 2012.

Newberry Library Consortium on American Indian Studies Award, “Native American Women, Gender, and Feminisms,” Chicago, IL, July–August 2011.

Henry Owl Fellowship for the Study on Cherokee Language, University of North Carolina-
Chapel Hill, June 2011.

Newberry Library Consortium on American Indian Studies Participant, “Teasing Indian Agency, Tribal Voice, and Persistence from the Record,” Chicago, IL, July–August 2010.

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America Graduate Scholarship, 2005.