Christopher L Green

 Christopher Green

Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
810 S Wright
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801


Chris Green (Black/Lenni-Lenape) is an interdisciplinary scholar and writer born and raised in West Philadelphia. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in History with graduate minors in American Indian Studies and Queer Studies. Prior to moving to Illinois, Chris received his B.A. in Psychology and Gender and Sexuality Studies from Swarthmore College. 

In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Chris wants to discover new ways of articulating and displaying history. He is particularly interested in findings points of connection between theatre, dance, mixed media, and history in order to present historical evidence in more immersive ways for general audiences.   

Research Interests

  • 20th Century Urban Indigeneity
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Modern U.S. History
  • Queer Studies
  • Race and Ethnicity

Research Description

My dissertation investigates the ways indigeneity was debated, enacted, and acknowledged by Native and non-Native people in 20th century Philadelphia. I focus on developments in anthropology, urban planning, public performance, and state recognition policy, reading multiple disjointed archives together in order to trace the ways indigeneity functioned in duplicitous ways; as lived experience and as social, intellectual, and cultural capital. 


  • M.A. History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • B.A. Gender and Sexuality Studies, Swarthmore College, 2014
  • B.A. Psychology, Swarthmore College, 2014

Distinctions / Awards

  • Andrew W. Mellon Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Predoctoral Fellow, 2018-2019
  • University of Pennsylvania Visiting Scholar, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 2018-2019
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent and Outstanding based on ICES Scores, Fall 2017
  • University of Illinois Graduate College Fellow, 2015-2017


  • University of Illinois, History Department Summer Pre-Dissertation Research Travel Grant, 2017


  • HIST 100: Global History (TA)