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Justin B. Richland

Justin B. Richland (PhD Anthropology, UCLA, 2004; JD, UC Berkeley, 1996) is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago and Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. His research explores the intersections of culture, language and law in contemporary Native American and US settler colonial governance. He is the author of two books, Arguing with Tradition, The Language of Law in Hopi Tribal Court (University of Chicago Press, 2008) and (with Sarah Deer), Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies, 3rd Edition (Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2015) as well as articles in various scholarly journals including American Ethnologist, Annual Review of Anthropology, Discourse & Society, Law and Social Inquiry, and Law & Society Review. In addition to his research, he also serves as Associate Justice of the Hopi Appellate Court, the highest court of the Hopi Nation. In 2016, he was named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in support of current research on the role that law has played in reshaping indigenous cultural property rights and their relations to non-indigenous institutions and agencies that control their property. 

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