Raymond I Orr

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Native American & Indigenous Studies

My research centers on two approaches to Indigenous politics. The first approach examines institutions and attitudes internal to Indigenous polities. For example, my book, Reservation Politics: Historical Loss, Economic Development and Intratribal Conflict, published by the University of Oklahoma Press (2017) explores how tribes manage internal conflicts about economic development and past grievances. The second approach to Indigenous politics seeks to understand attitudes about Indigenous peoples from the perspective of settler societies. This includes experimental studies, such as "American Indian erasures and the logic of elimination" published in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2019), that link the ways in which Indigenous peoples are depicted to levels of support for self-determination as a forthcoming article in Ethnohistory exploring the inability of tribes to reconstitute themselves in the contemporary period as they had in previous periods. My research places these themes into contact with multiple fields, including tribal health policy, law, identity, trauma and economic development.

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Native American & Indigenous Studies


  • A.B. Cornell University
  • M.A. University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Selected Publications

  • 2022 Deception-based knowledge in Indigenous and scientific societies: American Indian tricksters and experimental research designs. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, Vol. 12, No. 1 (with Yancey Orr) 

    2021 American Indian Genes in the Media: Representations of the Havasupai Indian Tribe in Their Case against Arizona State University, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Vol. 45, No. 2 (with Justin Reedy, Dalaki Livingston and Paul Spicer)

    2021  Compositional Stasis and Flexibility in American Indian Tribes. Ethnohistory, Vol. 68, No. 2 (with Yancey Orr)

    2021 Victory for All, Administration for Some: An Examination of Differences in the Impact of Indigenous Jurisdictional Expansion in Oklahoma, Policy Design and Practice (with Yancey Orr) 

    2020 Deliberative Democracy and Historical Perspectives on American Indian/Alaska Native Political Decision-Making Practices, Humanities & Social Sciences Communications, Vol. 7, No. 16 (with Justin Reedy, Paul Spicer et al.)

    2020 Does process matter? Experimental evidence on the effect of procedural fairness on citizens' evaluations of policy outcomes, International Political Science Review (with Aaron Martin and Gosia Mikołajczak)

    2019 Political probity increases trust in government: Evidence from randomized survey experiments, PLOS One, Vol. 5, No. 2 (with Aaron Martin, Kyle Peyton and Nick Faulkner)

    2019 Imagining American Indians and Community in Southeast Asia: Resistance, Experience, and History, International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, Vol. 12, No. 2 (with Yancey Orr)

    2018 American Indian erasure and the logic of elimination: an experimental study of depiction and support for resources and rights for tribes, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 45, No. 11 (with Katelyn Sharratt and Muhammad Iqbal)

    2018 Unrecognized Tradition: American Indian Political Economy and Narrow Conceptions of Indigenous Authenticity, Journal of Urban Anthropology (Revista de Antropologie Urbana), Vol 5, No.9 

    2017 Native Nostalgia? A Term of Dis-Endearment in Two Communities, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol. 23, No. 7

    2016 'Indian Time' for Nature? A Multi-Level Approach to American Indian Outdoor Time in Everyday Life, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 39, No. 7 (with Leah Ruppanner)

    2016 Structuralism in Eastern Indonesia: An Origin for a Theory in the Social Sciences, International Journal of Indonesian Studies (with Yancey Orr)

    2016 The Death of Socrates: Rise of Managerialism, Metrics and Bureaucratisation in Universities Australian Universities' Review, Vol. 58, No. 2 (with Yancey Orr)

    2015 'Up in Smoke': A Tradeoff Study between Tobacco as an Economic Development Tool or Public Health Liability in an American Indian Tribe, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Vol. 39, No. 3 (with Carolyn Noonan, Ron Whitener, Stephen Swartz)

    2014 The influence of the US Black Panthers on indigenous activism in Australia and New Zealand from 1969 onwards, Australian Aboriginal Studies Journal, Vol. 2 (with Angelique Stastny)

    2013 A History of Ashes: 80-year Comparative Portrait of American Indian and Non-Hispanic White Smoking Patterns in the Strong Heart Data, International Journal of Environmental and Public Health, Vol. 10, No. 5 (with Carolyn Noonan, Ron Whitener, Jack Goldberg, Jeff Henderson, Patricia Nez Henderson)

    2012 Liberal Defaults: The Pending Perception of 'Special Financial Rights' Among American Indian Nations, The Tulsa Law Review, Vol. 48, No. 1

    2012 Regarding Iron Cages: Crypto-Politics and The Hidden Conflicts of American Indians, Arizona Anthropologist, No. 22

    2011 The Progression of Indigenous Stasis: Universality and Ambivalence Regarding Change, Litteraria Pragensia Vol. 21, No. 41