Sarah Deer

Professor, International & Interdisciplinary Studies - Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, School of Public Affairs & Administration, University of Kansas
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Sarah Deer (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) has worked to end violence against women for over 25 years and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2014. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims' rights. Deer is a co-author of four textbooks on tribal law. Her latest book is The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America, which has received several awards. Her work on violence against Native women has received national recognition from the American Bar Association and the Department of Justice. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2019. Deer has a joint appointment as a professor with the School of Public Affairs and Administration and the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Courses Taught:
  • Feminist Jurisprudence


J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 1999; B.A., University of Kansas, 1995.