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Faculty and Staff
DR. BRAD RUNDQUIST
Professor and College Faculty Fellow
Interim Department Chair
Ph.D. in Geography
Kansas State University, 2000
Brad Rundquist earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in geography from Kansas State University, and his bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He joined the UND faculty in 2000. Dr. Rundquist served as chairperson of the UND Department of Geography from 2008-2014 and Director of UND’s Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science from 2002-2008. His research focuses on the dynamics of land use and land cover change, remote sensing of terrestrial phenology, and ecological applications of remote sensing and GIS. He recently served on the Council of the Association of American Geographers, and he co-edits the scholarly journal Geocarto International. Dr. Rundquist joined the Dean's office in 2015 as an Administrative Fellow to support the operation of the college, and his duties in that role include serving as interim chair of American Indian Studies.
DR. BIRGIT HANS
Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. in English
University of Arizona, 1988
Dr. Hans has been a member of the Indian Studies department at UND since 1991. Her specialty is American Indian literature and oral traditions, but she also teaches writing and history courses and has an interest in popular literature. As a former German citizen, she is interested in, and has conducted long-term field research on European perceptions of American Indian cultures. Dr. Hans is also interested in historical and contemporary quilting, particularly star quilts.
Dr. Hans has published extensively on D'Arcy McNickle, including a collection of his unpublished short stories, called The Hawk is Hungry. Other publications include papers in Studies in American Indian Literatures, the North Dakota Quarterly, and Studies in the Western, as well as various edited collections. Her newest book is D'Arcy McNickle's The Hungry Generations: The Evolution of a Novel (University of New Mexico Press 2007). Her current book project is a study of German Hobbyists.
Lecturer MC/MPA degree from Harvard University
Jaynie Parrish, a member of the Navajo Nation and founder of Parrish Digital, a social media enterprise specializing in creating, maintaining, and expanding social media networks for tribes, businesses, and organizations. Ms. Parrish has over 10 years of experience in American Indian education policy, leadership development, and community organizing.
Previous to Parrish Digital she was the Wellness Specialist for the Inter Tribal Sports and worked with tribal communities in San Diego and Riverside Counties in southern California. She has also served as the Seminar Director for the National Indian Gaming Association in Washington, D.C.
Jaynie earned her MC/MPA degree from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University.
For the 2012 election year, she led the first ever Native American Get Out the Vote initiative for Rock the Vote. From 2009-2011, Ms. Parrish was named a Harvard Administrative Fellow and worked with the Harvard Honoring Nations Program. She then pursued her graduate degree at Harvard Kennedy School focusing on Management & Leadership. In the spring of 2011, Ms. Parrish was named a Regional Finalist for the White House Fellows Program and was also awarded the Deborah Carsten’s Grant for her research entitled Navajo Women in a Cultural and Intergenerational Context.
Prior to Harvard, Ms. Parrish served 7 years in the President’s Office at Arizona State University advocating on behalf of tribes. She was recruited by President Peterson Zah in 2004 to help create a model frame-work of effective educational policy which utilized university systems as mechanisms for tribal civic improvement. Ms. Parrish has also worked with the Navajo Nation Washington Office, National Public Radio, and the Heard Museum.
“I like the idea of helping organizations that are doing great work to empower communities. I bring to the table a combination of experience: I have worked on the ground doing organizational work; and, I have developed online strategies and managed the social messaging. That background gives me an edge to help tribes, organizations, and businesses tell their stories and navigate the complex world of social media.” – Jaynie Parrish