Kathleen A. Brown-Pérez is an Assistant Professor with Commonwealth Honors College. She previously taught the junior-year writing class in the UMass Legal Studies department and federal Indian law and discrimination law at Hampshire College. She has a B.A. in political science from Augustana College (IL), a Juris Doctorate degree, and an MBA with a concentration in discrimination law, both from the University of Iowa. Kathleen is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and Arizona. She was a practicing corporate attorney for several years in Phoenix and Boston before moving to academia. As an attorney, she specialized in tax-exempt and non-profit organizations. She currently practices federal Indian law in a pro bono role for her Indian tribe, the Brothertown Indian Nation (Wisconsin), as liaison to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and research consultant. Kathleen’s research interests include issues of American Indian identity, tribal sovereignty, and international repatriation of human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony to tribes that are not covered by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Kathleen chairs the Five College Native American Indian Studies program.
In the fall, Kathleen teaches Honors 392L (Criminal Law and Justice in the U.S.: From the Crucible to Capone to Crime Scene Investigation), Honors 499C (the first part of a two-semester capstone course entitled Historic and Contemporary Issues of American Indians and Tribes: History, Policy, and Law), and two sections of the 2-credit Commonwealth Honors Seminar.
In the spring, Kathleen teaches Honors 392X (Visions and Revisions: Literary Non-fiction in Social History, which focuses solely on historic and contemporary American Indians), Honors 499D (the conclusion of Historic and Contemporary Issues of American Indians and Tribes: History, Policy, and Law), and two sections of the 2-credit Commonwealth Honors Seminar.
Kathleen has a recently-published book entitled "Employment Practice Guidebook, 2008 ed." (West Publishing), which she updates with a new edition annually. She is also writing books for SUNY Press and University of Wisconsin Press, both relating to the Brothertown Indian Nation, as well as a chapter for a book based on a session she participated in at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association conference in May 2009. Kathleen also writes the monthly newsletter “Union Contract Law Bulletin” for West Publishing, which provides monthly caselaw updates in union-related issues. She can be contacted at Brown-Perez@honors.umass.edu