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Isaiah Lorado Wilner

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (Jul 2017-Jul 2018)

PhD

Isaiah Lorado Wilner is a historian of knowledge who researches at the interstices of race, modernity, memory, and ecology. He received his PhD in History from Yale University in 2016 and in 2017 was awarded the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society of American Historians. His current project links cultural and intellectual history, Indigenous studies, narrative studies, and the history of science to investigate the influence of non-state people on the state. Wilner’s article “A Global Potlatch: Identifying the Indigenous Influence on Western Thought” revealed the decisive impact of the Indigenous intellectual George Hunt and the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw people on the concept of culture. His forthcoming anthology for Yale University Press, edited with Ned Blackhawk, is called Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas.

Projects

Narratives of Transformation: The Globalization of Indigenous Knowledge

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