Kat Hayes, Professor of Anthropology, February 2015
Kat Hayes is Associate Professor in Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. Her research explores issues of agency, negotiation, resistance, and opportunistic power demonstrated by peoples who history once popularly regarded as having been totally powerless in contexts of European colonization, like indigenous communities and enslaved Africans and African Americans. Pursuing these issues, most recently at sites in New York and Minnesota, has led her to work in the productive tension between history and archaeology, the curated and the abandoned, memory and forgetting, and most importantly in conflicting notions of heritage. She is a convener of the IAS Heritage Collaborative and Partnership with MnHS, a working group convened to explore new pedagogical approaches to training heritage professionals reflecting an interdisciplinary and community-based field; she is also a principal investigator of the Mellon-funded John E. Sawyer Seminar. She is also an IAS residential faculty fellow in Spring 2015.