For help reaching an expert on deadline, please contact UB's media relations team at 716-645-6969 or ub-news@buffalo.edu.

Alyssa Mt. Pleasant

Assistant Professor of Native American Studies in the Department of Africana and American Studies
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Native American studies; Haudenosaunee history; public history; settler colonialism, including colonial residential/boarding schools; land tenure; Indigenous inclusion in education; emotional labor

Portrait of Alyssa Mt. pleasant, University at Buffalo Native American studies and Indigenous studies expert.

Native American studies; Haudenosaunee history; public history; settler colonialism, including colonial residential/boarding schools; land tenure; Indigenous inclusion in education; emotional labor

Alyssa Mt. Pleasant is an expert in Native American and Indigenous studies. She can speak to media about a wide range of issues in these fields. She can also comment on Indigenous inclusion in K-12 and higher education.

Mt. Pleasant’s scholarship focuses on Haudenosaunee history during the 18th and 19th centuries. Her broader teaching and research interests include early American history; American Indian social and intellectual histories; settler colonialism, especially as it relates to legal and educational systems; conceptualizations of space, place and land tenure in Indian Country; and public history.

Among other topics, Mt. Pleasant has studied the history of the Buffalo Creek reservation between the Revolutionary War and the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825. This community was a site of recovery and resistance for Haudenosaunee people. It was a political center where people debated rapidly changing circumstances (including vigilante and state-sponsored violence, land speculation, colonial assertions of jurisdiction and aggressive proselytizing) and developed strategies that enabled their persistence in the face of settler colonialism.

Throughout her career, Mt. Pleasant has worked to build programs in Native American studies and raise awareness of the need for the U.S. education system to share more information about American Indian histories, cultures and presence. She is a descendant of the Tuscarora Nation, one of the six Haudenosaunee nations.

CONTACT:

Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, PhD
Assistant Professor of Native American Studies in the Department of Africana and American Studies
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences

NEWS ABOUT ALYSSA MT. PLEASANT