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Sean Daley

Director, CAIS

Doctor of Philosophy, Sociocultural Anthropology (minor in U.S. Federal Law), University of Connecticut, 2005
Master of Arts, American Indian Studies, University of Arizona, 1998
Bachelor of Arts, American Indian Studies and Anthropology, Livingston College, Rutgers University, 1996

I am an ethnographer/cultural anthropologist with expertise in American Indian Studies, community-based participatory research, and cultural tailoring. I have worked with American Indians since 1995 in Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, and South Dakota, as well several other states.

I have conducted multiple ethnographic studies with numerous American Indian communities focused on health and wellness, law and policy, identity, education, and the environment. I have also worked with non-Native rural and ranching communities in Utah, Kansas, and Oklahoma using community-based participatory research methods. I have been involved with the creation of the All Nations Breath of Life (ANBL) Smoking Cessation Program since 2004 as an American Indian Studies specialist. I led the ANBL team at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) on an R24 implementation grant from 2008 - 2013, where I led youth outreach efforts for the program, as well as the writing of traditional tobacco-themed books (two for children and one for adults), and directed the production of three traditional tobacco videos. I am currently leading the JCCC ANBL team on an R01 grant where we are helping to develop an internet-based version of ANBL called I-ANBL.

I also currently lead the Center for American Indian Studies (CAIS), created through a P20 Center of Excellence grant. My work at CAIS focuses on the Building Reservation Youth through Education (BRYTE) Program, a college-prep and study skills workshop for American Indian high school students seeking to go to a college or university. My work also focuses on developing classes and curriculum for an inter-disciplinary Program in American Indian Studies, coordinating American Indian-focused lectures and seminars, both at the college and in the community-at-large, and recruiting American Indian students to the college.