Ryan Goeckner

Graduate Research Assistant

Master of Arts, Religious Studies, University of Kansas, in progress
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology and American Studies, University of Kansas, 2014

I first became familiar with the Center for American Indian Studies (CAIS) through Dr. Daley while attending Johnson County Community College. Volunteering with the Center and taking several of Dr. Daley’s classes sparked my interest in working with American Indian communities.

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and American Studies at the University of Kansas in 2014 and focused much of my coursework on learning about the American Indian community while continuing to volunteer and, eventually, interning with the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance, of which CAIS is a founding organization.

As an intern I received first-hand experience working in Native communities and learning about and participating in the research process. As a graduate student in the department of Religious Studies on the Lawrence campus, I focus on issues of tribal sovereignty and religious freedoms.