Research Fellows

Due to the nature of the work we do, there exists numerous possibilities for mutually beneficial collaboration with fellow academics. If you are interested in affiliating with CAIRNS as a Research sFellow, contact us via email or phone.

Detail from a presentation on traditional Lakota societal structure.

Eric Zimmer

Eric Zimmer is a professional historian living and working in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of Iowa in 2016, and has been working as a Senior Historian at Vantage Point Historical Services, Inc. in Rapid City ever since.


Sandrine Baudry

Sandrine Baudry, Ph.D., is an associate professor of U.S. studies at the University of Strasbourg. Her research focuses on conflicts around the uses of urban space. She has published several articles and book chapters on urban gardening in the United States and in France and co-edited, with Aneta Dybska, a special issue of the European Journal of American Studies on “Spatial Justice and the Right to the City: Conflicts around Access to Public Urban Space.” Her current work deals with the political and spatial dynamics of Native American visibility in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Céline Planchou

Céline Planchou, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Paris 13. Her work deals with the status of American Indian peoples in the United States, with a focus on child welfare.

David Everson

David W. Everson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Southern Maine. Born and raised in South Dakota, his research focuses upon American Indian rights and Native-white relations.

Claire Thomson

Claire Thomson is a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta in the Department of History. She is currently taking classes at Oglala Lakota College in Rapid City, SD and carrying out her dissertation research which focus on Lakota history, self-determination and land between her home community of Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan and Lakota oyates in the U.S.