Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of American Studies, University of North Carolina
Joshua Smith, Associate Editor of the Franz Boas Papers Documentary Edition, is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow (SSHRC) with the Department of American Studies, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
His dissertation, The Spirit and Intent of Action Anthropology (2015), assesses the political philosophies and cultural (re)productions of engaged anthropological research with an emphasis on the political matrix particular to the colonial encounters of North America by focusing on Sol Tax’s philosophy of action anthropology.
Joshua's forthcoming edited volume, to be published by University of Nebraska Press in 2016, will present and assess Boas' ever-shifting position(s) on colonialism, U.S. Indian Policy and his related activisms centred around issues of Indigeneity and Indigenous activisms in the political contexts of his times. The volume is tentatively titled Sovereign Anthropologies: The Americanist Tradition, Indian Law and U.S. Indian Policy in the Interwar Period.