Raymond Orr, Ph.D.


Office Address:  Copeland Hall Room 235 (Beginning January 1, 2018)

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Title: Associate Professor


PhD, Political Science, Univeristy of California, Berkeley

MA, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

AB, Government and History, Cornell University


My research centres on two approaches to indigenous politics. The first approach examines institutions and attitudes internal to Indigenous polities. For example, my book, Reservation Politics: Historical Loss, Economic Development and Intratribal Conflict, published by the University of Oklahoma Press (2017) explores how tribes manage internal conflicts about economic development and past grievances. The second approach to indigenous politics seeks to understand attitudes about Indigenous peoples from the perspective of settler societies. My research places these themes into contact with multiple fields, including tribal health policy, identity, trauma and economic development.

Recently I worked with a collective of researchers led by the Harvard Project on Native American Development that examined Indigenous nation building in the US and Australia around issues of governance, identity and policy. In my current research I am developing projects that explore the intersection of trust, regulation and health priorities in Native American tribes.

Before joining the Univeristy of Oklahoma, I taught comparative and indigenous politics at the University of Melbourne, Australia. I received my PhD in Political Science from UC Berkeley and have been a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton's Department of Politics, Yale's Program in Race, Ethnicity and Migration, and the University of Washington's Native Elder Research Center. I am enrolled in the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and am delighted at the opportunity to live near and work with the many Native nations and peoples in Oklahoma.


American Indian Politics

Public Health

Comparative Indigenous Politics

Political Ideology

Racial Attitudes


Peer Reviewed Books

2017 Reservation Politics: Historical Trauma, Economic Development and Intratribal Politics. University of Oklahoma Press

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

2018 Unrecognized Tradition: American Indian Political Economy and Narrow Conceptions of Indigenous Authenticity Urbanities (Journal of Urban Anthropology) (forthcoming)

2017 Native Nostalgia? A Term of Dis-Endearment in Two Communities International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol. 23, No. 7: 643-653

2016 ‘Indian Time’ for Nature? A Multi-Level Approach to American Indian Outdoor Time in Everyday Life Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 39, No. 7: 1223-1241 (with Leah Ruppanner)

2016 Structuralism in Eastern Indonesia: An Origin for a Theory in the Social Sciences. International Journal of Indonesian Studies (with Yancey Orr)

2016 The Death of Socrates: Rise of Managerialism, Metrics and Bureaucratisation in Universities Australian Universities’ Review, Vol. 58, No. 2 (with Yancey Orr)

2015 ‘Up in Smoke’: A Tradeoff Study between Tobacco as an Economic Development Tool or Public Health Liability in an American Indian Tribe American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Vol. 39, No. 3: 25-40 (with Carolyn Noonan, Ron Whitener, Stephen Swartz)

2014 The influence of the US Black Panthers on indigenous activism in Australia and New Zealand from 1969 onwards Australian Aboriginal Studies Journal, Vol. 2: 60-74 (with Angelique Stastny)

2013 A History of Ashes: 80 year Comparative Portrait of American Indian and Non-Hispanic White Smoking Patterns in the Strong Heart Data. International Journal of Environmental and Public Health, Vol. 10, No. 5: 1747-1762 (with Carolyn Noonan, Ron Whitener, Jack Goldberg, Jeff Henderson, Patricia Nez Henderson)

2012 Liberal Defaults: The Pending Perception of ‘Special Financial Rights’ Among American Indian Nations The Tulsa Law Review, Vol. 48, No. 1: 515-528

2012 “Good intentions, bad memories, and troubled capital: American Indian knowledge and action in renewable energy projects” in Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge: Perceptions and Adaptations of Threatened Communities, David Brokensha, A. Peter Castro & Dan Taylor (editors), Practical Action Press: 129-139 (with David Anderson)

2012 Regarding Iron Cages: Crypto-Politics and The Hidden Conflicts of American Indians Arizona Anthropologist, No. 22: 59-66

2011 The Progression of Indigenous Stasis: Universality and Ambivalence Regarding Change” Litteraria Pragensia Vol. 21, No. 41: 40-51


Australian Research Council: Indigenous nationhood in the absence of recognition: Self-governance strategies and insights from three Aboriginal communities (co-invesitgator)


2016 “Attitudes about American Indians: An Experimental Study of Support for Resources and Rights,” Indigenous Politics in North and South America Panel, American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, September 1-4

2016 “Comparative Approach to Early Violence and Later Power,” Resistence and Empire, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal, June 26-28

2015 “Shaping Support for Indigenous Governance: An Experimental Study of Stereotypes in the United States,” Island Dynamics Conference, Nuuk, Greenland, October 2-4

2014 “Indigenous Nation Building: A Comparative Perspective,” Australian Political Science Association, October 8

2014 “A Comparative Examination of Indigenous Conflict: Australian and the United States” Keynote Address, Aurora Scholars Program, University of California, Berkeley October 14

2014 “Attitudes about Economic Development, Smoke Policy and Health,” American Political Science Association, Indigenous Studies working group, Washington, D.C., August 24

2013 “Ethics of Return: Indigenous Repatriation,” Symbolic Politics Conference, University of Technology Sydney, August 8-9

2013 “Tobacco and Native Communities,” Lunchtime Speaker Series, Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne, February 13

2012 “The Political Possibility of Horrible Things,” Australian Political Science Association, Hobart, Tasmania, September 24-26

2011 “Intra-Ethnic Conflict in Oklahoma,” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Sacramento, CA, May 19-20

2010 "Indigenous Change: Radical Hope or Socio-cultural Syncretism?" American Indian Workshop on Transformation, Translation, Transgression, Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Prague, Czech Republic, March 26-27

2009 “Social Construction in Sacred Places: Indigenous Worldview Selection,” Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium Conference, University of California, Berkeley, May 1

2009 “Pain, Profit and Factionalism in Tribal Politics” University of North Texas, Political Science Department, Denton, January 23

2005 “New Businesses, Old Habits: Accounting for Variation in Indian Gaming Industry Political Behavior,” New Voices in Indigenous Research Conference, University of California, Berkeley, March 10

2004 “Linear Development Bent: The Organizational Extinction and Reorganization of the Mashantucket Pequot,” New Voices in Indigenous Research Conference, University of California, Berkeley, March 29