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
- Indigenous legal studies
- Tribal court jurisdiction
- Tribal court process and procedure
- Tribal appellate courts
- Violence against Native American women
- Federal law reform
- Feminist jurisprudence
- Indigenous feminist legal theory
- Mvskoke language
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. http://dc.law.utah.edu/ulr/vol2017/iss4/7/
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
Allied Professional Award
United States Department of Justice