Dr. 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 The Hank Adams Reader (2011), American Indian Politics and the American Political System, 3rd ed (co-authored with Heidi Stark) (2010), Documents of Native American Political Development: 1500s-1933 (2009), On the Drafting of Tribal Constitutions (by Felix Cohen) (2006), Native Voices: American Indian Identity and Resistance (co-edited with Richard Grounds and George Tinker) (2004), selected as an Outstanding Title by Choice Magazine, The Navajo Political Experience, revised ed. (2003), Uneven Ground: American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Law (co-authored with Tsianina Lomawaima) (2002), and Tribes, Treaties, and Constitutional Tribulations (co-authored with Vine Deloria, Jr.) (1999).
His current research interests focus on comparative indigenous constitutional development, a political biography of Vine Deloria, Jr., and a collection of writings by Hank Adams, a leading indigenous theoretician.