Sarah Deer

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, School of Public Affairs & Administration
Primary office:
Blake Hall
Room 322
University of Kansas
1535 W. 15th Street
Lawrence 66045


Sarah Deer's (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) scholarship to end violence against women focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims' rights - she was named as a MacArthur Fellow in 2014.


J.D., University of Kansas School of Law

B.A., Women's Studies, Philosophy, with Honors, University of Kansas

Research Interests

  • Indigenous legal studies
  • Tribal court jurisdiction
  • Tribal court process and procedure
  • Tribal appellate courts
  • Violence against Native American women
  • Federal law reform
  • Victims&rsquo
  • Rights
  • Feminist jurisprudence
  • Indigenous feminist legal theory
  • Mvskoke language

Selected Publications

Nagle, K. & Deer, S. (in press). Return to Worcester: Dollar General and the Restoration of Tribal Jurisdiction to Protect Native Women and Children . Harvard Journal of Law and Gender.

Deer, S. (2017). Bystander No More? Improving the Federal Response to Sexual Violence in Indian Country. Utah Law Review, 2017(4), 771-800.

Deer, S. & Murphy, L. (2017). “Animals May Take Pity on Us”: Using Traditional Tribal Beliefs To Address Animal Abuse and Family Violence Within Tribal Nations . Mitchell Hamline Law Review, 43(4), 703-742.

Deer, S. (2015). The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America , University of Minnesota Press.

Selected Awards & Honors

Spirit of Excellence Award
American Bar Association

MacArthur Fellowship

Allied Professional Award
United States Department of Justice