Professor David E. Wilkins holds the McKnight Presidential Professorship in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. He has adjunct appointments in Political Science, Law, and American Studies. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill in 1990. Professor Wilkins' research and teaching interests include indigenous politics and governance, federal Indian policy and law, comparative politics, and diplomacy and constitutional development.
His recent book publications include Documents of Native American Political Development: 1933-Present (Oxford, 2019), Red Prophet: The Punishing Intellectualism of Vine Deloria, Jr. (Fulcrum, 2018), American Indian Politics and the American Political System, 4th ed co-authored with Heidi Stark (Rowman & Littlefield 2018), Dismembered: Native Disenrollment and the Battle for Human Rights, co-authored with Shelly Hulse Wilkins (Univ. of Washington 2017), The Navajo Political Experience, 4th ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), Hollow Justice: A History of Indigenous Claims in the United States (Yale, 2013), The Legal Universe: Observations on the Foundations of American Law, co-authored with Vine Deloria, Jr. (Fulcrum, 2011), The Hank Adams Reader: An Exemplary Native Activist and the Unleashing of Indigenous Sovereignty (Fulcrum, 2011), and others.
His current research includes a comparative Indigenous politics textbook, a comprehensive study of Indigenous governance in North America, an examination of the Native/State political relationship, and a study of death and near death experiences in Native cultures.