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Anne Grob, MA
Assistant Lecturer for American Studies



Following my interest in indigenous cultures, my main focus during my studies at Leipzig University and Montana State University was on Native American contemporary indigenous issues, and minority studies. I enrolled in numerous Native American Studies courses at Montana State University (MSU), completed an internship at the American Indian Council, and worked as a research assistant at the Museum of the Rockies in the US. In 2007, I returned to MSU again as a visiting research scholar at the Anthropology Department, where I prepared for 3 months of fieldwork in a Native community.

After completing my M.A. in American Studies and Cultural Anthropology, I enrolled as a Ph.D. student in the American Studies Department, and have completed two extended fieldwork stays in the US (8 months), and New Zealand (1 year).

Currently, I am an Assistant Lecturer at the American Studies Institute, teaching teacher candidates, and coordinating the new media based Teaching America project.


While my research interests include a wide range of contemporary issues in indigenous communities around the world, my main focus is on education efforts in North America and New Zealand. Not surprisingly, my doctoral research deals with tribally run and controlled institutions of higher learning in these two countries.

Although a substantial amount of literature addresses the several threads of American Indian education history, primarily focusing on formal education efforts by non-Indians, present-day tribally initiated and run programs have not yet received adequate scholarly attention either from education scholars or anthropologists.

It is the purpose of my comparative study to change this lack of awareness and interest, and to draw a detailed picture of contemporary indigenous higher education efforts. To fulfill this goal, I will closely examine the impact these colleges have on individual Native students, and additionally analyze the interaction of these institutions of higher learning with their respective tribal communities in order to show how they impact their tribes’ social, cultural, economic and political development.


Selected Presentations and Publications

Presentation at American Indian Workshop "Knowledge and Self-Representation", Frankfurt, 27 March 2015.

Presentation at Teacher Training Workshop "Aspects of American Culture", Jena, 20 March 2015.

Presentation at Liberal Arts International Conference " Looking Forward, Looking Back: Transnational Perspectives on Globalization". Doha, Qatar. 1 Feb 2015.

Presentation at Teacher Training Workshop "Toward a Majority-Minority Society: Globalization, Immigration, and the Growing Diversity of America." Leipzig. 4 Dec. 2014.

Presentation at the International Conference „Selling Ethnicity and Race- Consumerism and Representation in 21st –Century America“, Leipzig, 6-8. Nov. 2013.

Presentation at the 33rd American Indian Workshop, Helsinki, May 2013.

Presentation at the International Conference "New Perspectives on Transpacific Connections: The Americas and the South Pacific", LMU München, April 2013.

Presentation at Tagung der Regionalgruppe Ozeanien der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde, Munich, October 2012.

Guest Lecture at Salish Kootenai College, Education Department, Pablo, Montana, May 2012.

Symposium Contribution at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education, Tauranga, Nov./ Dec. 2011.

Presentation at the Māori & Indigenous Doctoral Student Conference, Whākatane, November 2011.

Guest Lecture & Documentary Screening, Education Department, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, July 2011.

Presentation at the 32nd American Indian Worksop, Graz, March/April 2011.

Presentation at the 10th Leipziger Promotionsvorträge, Leipzig, July 2010.

Presentation at the 31st American Indian Workshop, Prague, March 2010.

“Educational Empowerment of Native American Students – A Tribally Controlled College Leads the Way” Images, Imaginations, and Beyond – Proceedings of the Eighth Native American Symposium, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, Oklahoma, January 2010.

Presentation at the Eighth Native American Symposium and Film Festival, Durant, Oklahoma, November 2009.

“The Impact of Tribal Colleges in the Economic Development of Tribal Communities – A Case Study.“ COPAS 10, 2009.

Presentation at the 30th American Indian Workshop, Bremen, March 2009.

Presentation at the DGfA Conference Revisiting Indian Nations: Transatlantic and Transcultural Perspectives in Native American History, Tutzing, February 2009.

Presentation at the DGfA Post-Graduierten Forum, Münster, November 2008.

“Tribal Colleges – Indigen geführte Universitäten als Symbole von Hoffnung und Stolz” In: Journal Ethnologie, 04 (2008).

Presentation at the German Anthropological Association, Halle/Saale, October 2007.


Honors, Awards & Distinctions

Conference Travel Grant German Academic Exchange Service, 2014  (Kongressreisestipendium DAAD)

PhD Research Fellowship German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for New Zealand, 2011-2012

Landesgraduiertenstipendium des Landes Sachsen, 2010-2013

Study Visit Program Scholarship DAAD Freundeskreis, 2010

Graduate Student Travel Grant (American Studies Association of Turkey, 2009

Research Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 2010

Research Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)  for US, 2007

Honorary Citizenship, City of Bozeman, 2005

Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, Outstanding Academic Achievement Award (President's Fall & Spring Honor Roll) 2004/2005

Rotary International Fellowship - Cultural Ambassadorial Scholar, 2004


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