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Katrina Jagodinsky, History, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

  • When: April 19, 2023, 12 pm
  • Where: Zoom: To register, contact Sophie Kofman at

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Katrina Jagodinsky is the Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of History. She is a legal historian examining marginalized peoples’ engagement with nineteenth-century legal regimes and competing jurisdictions throughout the North American West. Jagodinsky’s first book Legal Codes & Talking Trees: Indigenous Women’s Sovereignty in the Sonoran and Puget Sound Borderlands, 1854-1946 explains the strategies of six women seeking to protect their bodies, lands, and progeny from the whims of settler-colonists in the tumultuous process of westward expansion and conquest. 

Jagodinsky has also published a number of articles and essays that examine the efforts of Indigenous and mixed-race women and children to leverage the American legal system in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. “A Testament to Power: Mary Woolsey and Dolores Rodriguez as Trial Witnesses in Arizona’s Early Statehood,” won the 2012-2013 Jerome I. Braun Prize for Best Article in Western Legal History, and "A Tale of Two Sisters: Family Histories from the Strait Salish Borderlands," won the 2017 Jensen-Miller Prize for Best Article in Western Women's & Gender History from the Western History Association.

Her current focus is on her role as Graduate Chair for the History department and her research project Petitioning For Freedom: Habeas Corpus in the American West, which is a collaboration with the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities that is funded by the National Science Foundation.

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