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Jace Weaver

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Franklin Professor of Religion and Native American Studies

JACE WEAVER is the founding Director of the INAS (he stepped down in 2021), Professor of Religion, and Adjunct Professor of Law. He holds two doctorates, a JD from Columbia Law School of Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Dr. Weaver’s work in Native American Studies is highly interdisciplinary, though focusing primarily on three areas: religious traditions, literature, and law. He is the author or editor of fifteen, including That the People Might Live: Native American Literatures and Native American Community, Other Words: American Indian Literature, Law, and Culture, and Turtle Goes to War: Of Military Commissions, the Constitution and American Indian Memory.  He currently has two books in-press, a second edition of Red Clay, 1835: Cherokee Removal and the Meaning of Sovereignty (with Laura Adams Weaver), University of North Carolina Press (2022) and American Indian History: Core Documents, Ashbrook Press (2022)

In 2007, Dr. Weaver won the Bea Medicine Award for best book in American Indian Studies from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies and the Native American Literature Symposium for his book American Indian Literary Nationalism (with Craig Womack and Robert Warrior). In 2003, he won the Wordcraft Award for Best Creative Non-Fiction from the Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers for Other Words. In 1999, he won the Portfolio Award for excellence in teaching resources from the journal Media and Methods for his book on CD-ROM, American Journey: The Native American Experience. He has also been nominated for the Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Connecticut Book Awards.

In Other Words, Dr. Weaver has written, “Native American Studies is by its nature two things, comparative and interdisciplinary.” It is this emphasis that he brings to INAS and the Native American Studies programs at UGA.


PhD, Union Theological Seminary

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