Courtney Lewis is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Americas at Wesleyan University–Middletown, CT. She earned her Ph.D in Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2012), her M.A. in Economics at Wayne State University, and her B.A. in Economics at the University of Michigan.
She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.
Dr. Lewis’s book manuscript, The Business of Being Cherokee, examines the intertwining of economic stability, sovereignty, and settler-colonialism via small businesses on the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. This work has been supported by: the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Royster Society of Fellows Sequoyah Dissertation Fellowship, the Dr. David McNelis Scholars of Tomorrow, the Cherokee Nation Education Corporation Nell D. Brown Memorial Award, the Cherokee Nation Education Corporation Mission Award, the Archie Green Occupational Folklife Graduate Fellowship, the Lynn Reyer Award for Tribal Community Development, the Special Graduate School Doctoral Merit Assistanceship, the North Carolina Native American Incentive Grant and the Future Faculty Fellowship Program.
She has been elected into leadership positions as the President of the First Nations Graduate Circle UNC–Chapel Hill, the President of the Society for Anthropology Graduate Students UNC–Chapel Hill, and the Faculty Liaison of the Society for Anthropology Graduate Students UNC–Chapel Hill, amongst others.
Dr. Lewis is currently offering Contemporary American Indian Societies and Economics and Power in Native Nations courses and has previously taught Micro-, Macro- and Survey Economics classes.
Her business experience includes working directly in finance and co-founding Anomaly, Inc.