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Mikaela Morgane Adams

Adjunct Associate Professor of History
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310 Bishop Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7148
Joined UM: August 18, 2022

Brief Bio

Mikaela M. Adams is an Assistant Professor of Native American history. She received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill in 2012. Her teaching interests are Native American History, Citizenship and Sovereignty, Identity and Belonging, Identity and Belonging, Race Relations, South, and Medical History. Her first book, Who Belongs? Race Resources, and Tribal Citizenship in the Native South (Oxford University Press, 2016), which was based on her doctoral work, explores how six southeastern Indian tribes--the Pamunkey Indian Tribe of Virginia, the Catawba Indian Nation of South Carolina, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida-- decided who belonged to their communities in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By focusing on the rights and resources at stake, the effects of state and federal recognition of tribes' political status, the influence of kinship systems and racial ideologies, and the process of creating official tribal rolls, Who Belongs? historicizes belonging and reveals how Indians established legal identities. Adams's current research project, tentatively titled Influenza in Indian Country: Indigenous Sickness, Suffering, and Survival during the 1918-1919 Pandemic, will provide an ethnohistorical account of the world's deadliest pandemic and its long-term consequences for Native American communities across the United States. It will explore how the virus infected indigenous people on reservations and boarding schools, how their living conditions in this period exacerbated the effects of influenza, how institutionalized segregation determined Native access to healthcare, how indigenous people responded medically, and how this health crisis affected the federal-tribal relationship. By combining the methodologies of medical history and ethnohistory, this project will highlight both the biological consequences of influenza on Native American communities and the ways that social constructions of race, ethnicity, sickness, and healing shaped the experience of infection for indigenous people in this time period.


Miami University-Oxford Campus (2007)
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2009)
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2012)