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Cheryl Bennett

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Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4603
Biography: 

Cheryl Redhorse Bennett is an Assistant Professor in American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. Bennett is an enrolled citizen of the Navajo Nation and also descended from the Comanche Nation. She grew up in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. Dr. Bennett holds a PhD in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Arts in American Indian Studies from the University of California Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Southwest Studies from Fort Lewis College.  Previously, she has published on the topics of violence in reservation border towns, violence against Native women, and crime and Indian gaming, including two chapters in the edited volume Crime and Social Justice in Indian Country. Her research interests focus on social issues in Indian Country including race relations, crime and hate crimes against American Indians, and missing murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). She uses decolonizing methodologies and indigenous epistemology to address these issues and to answer the research question “How do American Indian people respond to and combat racial bias and violence?

Education: 
  • Ph.D. American Indian Studies, University of Arizona
  • M.A. American Indian Studies, University of California-Los Angeles

 

Research Interests: 

Hate crimes and racial violence committed against American Indians, and Indigenous peoples. Social and criminal issues among American Indian and Indigenous communities. Violence against American Indian women, Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), racial and social justice. Cheryl Redhorse Bennett is currently revising a book manuscript that deconstructs and analyzes hate crimes perpetrated against Native peoples in the Four Corners region.

Publications: 

Selected Publications

“Violence Against American Indian Women on Reservations and in Border Towns.” In Marianne Nielsen and Karen Jarratt Snider (eds), Crime and Social Justice in Indian Country. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. (2018).

“The Great Gambler: Indian Gaming, Crime and Misconception.” Crime and Social Justice in Indian Country. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. (2018).

Selected Online Reference Journals

“Against the Teachings Of Changing Woman: Violence Against Navajo Women.” In The American Mosaic: The American Indian Experience, 2012: http://americanindian.abc-clio.com/

Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 492Honors Directed Study
AIS 493Honors Thesis
AIS 494Special Topics
AIS 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 394Special Topics
AIS 492Honors Directed Study
AIS 493Honors Thesis
AIS 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 380Contemp Issues/American Indian
AIS 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 493Honors Thesis
AIS 494Special Topics
AIS 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 285Federal Indian Policy
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 494Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 285Federal Indian Policy
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 494Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 285Federal Indian Policy
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 285Federal Indian Policy
AIS 380Contemp Issues/American Indian
AIS 394Special Topics
AIS 494Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 494Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 380Contemp Issues/American Indian
Presentations: 

Selected Presentations

“More Than a Hashtag: Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and a Call to Action.” Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, November 4, 2019.

“Missing Murdered Indigenous Women in Reservation Border Towns” Mesa Community College, Mesa, Arizona. January 25, 2019.

“Violence Against American Indian Women in Reservation Border Towns” Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, Arizona. November 26, 2018.

“Another Type of Hate Crime: Violence Against American Women in Reservation Border Towns.” Black Hills State University. April 9, 2018.

"Go Back to the Reservation!”: Investigating and Analyzing Hate Crimes in American Indian Reservation Border Towns. University of New Mexico. February 9, 2015.

"Go Back to the Reservation!”: Investigating and Analyzing Hate Crimes in American Indian Reservation Border Towns. Colorado State University. February 5, 2014.

“Violence Against American Indian Women.” Rape On the Reservation film screening. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. November 21, 2012.

Editorships: 

Decolonizing Criminology

Professional Associations: 

Western Social Sciences Association

Service: 

Selected Media Interviews

Gable, Mona. Searching for Savannah. https://psmag.com/social-justice/searching-for-indigenous- woman-savanna-lafontaine-greywind

Bleir, Garet. Murdered and missing Native American women challenge police and courts. https://www.publicintegrity.org/2018/08/27/22177/murdered-missing-native...