Brian Klopotek

Brian Klopotek
Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies
  • Title: Associate Professor and Department Head of the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies
  • Project: Indian on Both Sides: Indigenous Identities, Race, and National Borders
  • Academic Year: January 2018 - June 2018
  • Email: [email protected]

I taught Native American studies classes (in English) for a semester as a US Studies Chair at Universidad de las Americas in Puebla (UDLAP), in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. I stayed another 4 weeks at UDLAP to teach a class (in Spanish) for an Indigenous youth leadership program primarily for Indigenous Mexican college students, sponsored by the US embassy. As a teaching fellow, my goals were to teach about the US from Indigenous perspectives, to attain basic competence in understanding the national culture of Mexico, to connect with Indigenous students and scholars, and to improve my understanding of race and Indigeneity in Mexico from multiple perspectives. I accomplished all of these, and the connections I’ve made keep me growing today. 

Ask Me About:

  • Indigenous studies abroad
  • Taking family abroad (4 teenage sons)
  • Teaching in Mexico
  • Being Native American in Mexico