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American Ethnic Studies

Dr. April Petillo

Dr. April Petillo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Ethnic Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Kansas State University.  Her work is inspired by community social justice and she is passionate about creating student-centered learning environments focused on real life applicability.  Dr. Petillo specializes in Native American/Indigenous studies, comparative/critical ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, law and policy (sociolegal studies), Critical Trafficking Studies and queer theories. She interrogates slavery and settler logics and the ways they influence the representation/misrepresentation of people in the law. More information on some of here work is here.  You will often find her in search of the perfect cup of decaf coffee. 

Selected Publications

"Sex Trafficking of Native Peoples: History, Race, and Law." in Jennifer R. Wies and Hillary J. Haldane, eds. Applying Anthropology to Gender-Based Violence.  Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. (2015)

 “A Roadmap Is An Opportunity: Getting Out of the Maze of Injustice.” in John G. Hansen and Alex Wilson, eds. Exploring Social Justice: Indigenous Perspectives. British Columbia, Canada: JCharlton Publishing Ltd. (2014)

 “Unfolding the Dialogue: Where Transnational and Native American Studies Meet.” Arizona Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2, no. 1 (Spring 2013).

 “Native Economic Development Theory and Practice.” Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education (Web Edition) 23, no. 4. (May 15th, 2012).

Courses Taught at KSU
  • AMETH 160 Introduction to American Ethnic Studies
  • AMETH 352 Native American Perspectives: Contemporary Social Movements
  • AMETH 352 Native American Perspectives: Indigenous Hip Hop--Mad Native Beats
  • AMETH 450 Comparative Ethnic Studies: Conversations Across Ethnicities
  • AMETH 450 Comparative Ethnic Studies: The Political Body
  • AMETH 560 Special Topics: Federal Indian Law
Other Courses Taught
  • African Americans in Higher Education & Student Activism
  • Introduction to American Indian Studies
  • Many Nations of Native America (general education course)
  • Native Nation Building Theory and Practicum (undergraduate and graduate versions)
  • Native Social Movements

 April at ASA 2018

Contact Info

Email: apetillo@ksu.edu

Phone: (785) 532-2112

Office: Leasure Hall, Room 105

Office Hours:

Quick questions--first 15 minutes after each class.

Students can book appointments at draprilpetillo.youcanbook.me