Christopher Green

 Christopher Green

Contact Information

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

Research Interests

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

Research Description

My work interrogates the ways indigeneity functioned as both a rhetorical device and identity category within folk fairs and civic celebrations in the 20th century Philadelphia framing discourses regarding race, immigration, and multiculturalism. Performance here was a critical tactic in asserting a utopian cultural sovereignty by urban Indigenous residents and the women who led this charge in the face of rampant economic disenfranchisement. Ultimately, I’m interested in the making of indigeneity in a city often defined as a black one. Following its gendered, racialized, sexualized, and classed contours, I explore the adaptive lives of Indigenous people and their continued presence within the fabric of cultural life in the Mid-Atlantic region. 


  • B.A. Gender and Sexuality Studies, Swarthmore College, 2014
  • B.A. Psychology, Swarthmore College, 2014

Distinctions / Awards

  • University of Illinois Graduate College Fellowship, 2015-2017