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John N. Low

John N. Low

John N. Low

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Studies; Director, Newark Earthworks Center [OSU Newark]


(740) 755-7857

192 LeFevre Hall
1199 University Dr
Newark, OH 43055

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Areas of Expertise

  • American Indian Studies, local and global Indigenous studies
  • Museum Studies, Material Culture, and Representation
  • Federal Indian law and treaty rights


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • J.D., University of Michigan

John N. Low received his Ph.D. in American Culture at the University of Michigan, and is an enrolled citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. He is also the recipient of a graduate certificate in Museum Studies and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan. He earned a BA from Michigan State University, a second BA in American Indian Studies from the University of Minnesota, and an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.

Professor Low previously served as Executive Director of the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston, Illinois, and served as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Indians of the Midwest Project at the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library, and the State of Ohio Cemetery Law Task Force. He has presented frequently at conferences including the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA)), American Society for Ethnohistory (ASE) and the Organization of American Historians (OAH). He continues to serve as a member of his tribes’ Traditions & Repatriation Committee.

Dr. Low’s research interests and courses at the Ohio State University – Newark include American Indian histories, literatures, and cultures, Native identities, American Indian religions, Indigenous canoe cultures around the world, Urban American Indians, museums, material culture and representation, memory studies, American Indian law and treaty rights, Indigenous cross-cultural connections, critical landscape studies, and Native environmental perspectives and practices.




Book:  Imprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians & the City of Chicago (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2016).

Book Chapter: (2019) Weiser, Elizabeth, John N. Low, and Kenneth Madsen.  "One Site, Many Interpretations: Managing Heritage at an Ancient American Site.” In Museums, Memory, and Place. Ann Davis and Kirsten Smeds. Ed. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.

Book Chapter: Low, John N. “Discussant Chapter.” In Walder, Heather and Jessica Yann, Ed. (2018) Encounters, Exchange, Entanglement: Current Perspectives on Intercultural Interactions throughout the Western Great Lakes. MCJA Occasional Paper, Number 2.

Contributing editor and author. "The Pokagon Potawatomi Indian Black Ash Basket Co-Op” in WOMAN AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN MODERN EMPIRES SINCE 1820. Co-published by the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender (CHSWG) at the State University of New York, Binghamton, and Alexander Street Press (ASP) of Alexandria, Virginia., 2016. http://chswg.binghamton.edu/wasi/wame-about.html

Review: Christopher Wetzel. "Gathering the Potawatomi Nation: Revitalization and Identity." Ethnohistory (2016) 63(2): 433-434.

Article: “Vessels for Recollection - The Canoe Building Renaissance in the Great Lakes.” Sara Beth Keough, ed., Material Culture: The Journal of the Pioneer America Society (now the International Society for Landscape, Place, & Material Culture) 47, no. 1 (Spring 2015). Recipient: Robert F. Heizer Award for “Best Article,” published in 2015 - American Society for Ethnohistory (ASE)

Article: “Fort Dearborn – Conflict, Commemoration, Reconciliation, and the Struggle over ‘Battle’ vs. ‘Massacre’.” J. Randolph Valentine and Monica Macaulay, eds., Papers of the 44th Algonquian Conference. Albany: SUNY Press, (May 2015).

Essay: “The Art and Architecture of Simon Pokagon.” in O gi-māw-kwĕ Mit-i-gwā-kî (Queen of the Woods) by Simon Pokagon: A new critical edition of an 1899 novel by a complex and talented American Indian. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2011.

Essay: “Ishi’s Legacy.” in Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian. Cécile R. Ganteaume. ed. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Press, 2010.

Review: "Joe Feddersen: Vital Signs" in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 33:2, (October, 2009).

Resource: "The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians: A history and introduction to the community through text & images."