- B.A., 2007, University of Nebraska
MA, 2010, Southern Methodist
candidate, Southern Methodist University
Sherry L. Smith
Valadez is currently writing her dissertation on how
Native American intellectuals contributed to the
evolution of ³Indian² identity at the turn of the
20th century. She is focusing on the personal lives
and publications of Gertrude Bonnin (Zitkala-Sa) and
Carlos Montezuma (Wassaja).
Contextualizing her themes within the United States
between the 1880s and the 1920s, Valadez illustrates
many of the social, racial, political, and cultural
difficulties that had to be overcome by Native
Americans as they sought to define themselves in a
Other research interests include the history of
ethnic relations in the Southwest (mainly New Mexico
and West Texas). Valadez also has a passion for
comparing changing interethnic relations between
indigenous peoples and colonizing powers over time.
The use of intermarriage between different
ethnicities and the children of these unions as
bridges of communication in all its forms are two of
the cornerstones of her fascination with history.
The other is
the process of creating ³history² itself, and how
non-academics consume it.
Last updated 10/11.