Christopher Green


I research the ways that museums and discourses of past-ness influence the independence politics on the South Pacific island of Kanaky/New Caledonia. I am interested in analyzing museums and monuments as sites of determination/self-determination of identities, especially Indigenous identities, towards understanding how Indigenous self-determination might be better effected in the contemporary political landscape. My professional and previous research background is in compliance work with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA 1990) for universities, museums, and the military.


MA, University of Chicago '16
MA, Colorado State University '14
BA, University of Evansville '11

Research Interests

identity construction, indigeneity, property, law, museum representation, cultural heritage ethics, repatriation

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Dissertation Title

Re-collecting Kanaky: The Power of the Past in the Independence Politics of Kanaky/New Caledonia

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