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Elizabeth Brandt specializes in collaborative work with Native American communities in the U.S. Southwest. She has worked in the New Mexican Pueblo communities of Taos, Picuris, Sandia, Isleta, San Felipe and Zia in the areas of land use, environmental protection, sacred site protection, traditional cultural properties, land claims, educational programs and programs of language renewal. She has also worked in the area with the Navajo, the Western Apache and the Yavapai. Her training is in sociocultural anthropology and linguistics. She also works with Spanish colonial history using primary texts on the Pueblos and oral history with communities. Much of her research is strongly focused to applied community needs and environmental issues.
Brandt teaches courses in linguistics, ethnographic methods, the Southwest and gender. She is an advisory board member of American Indian Studies and a faculty affiliate of Women's Studies.
Ph.D. Southern Methodist University
Cultural Landscapes and Traditional Cultural Places; Land Use by Native Peoples; Sense of Place and Place Meaning; Knowledge Transmission and Secrecy; Southwestern Indigenous Language and Culture; Language Preservation and Revitalization; Culture and Economic Development
SHESC Themes: Culture, Heritage and Identity; Societies and their Natural Environments
Field Specializations: Ethnography, Ethnohistory, Gender, Land Use, Languages and Literature, Linguistics, Sociocultural Anthropology
Regional Focus: North America (Southwest)