College of LAS « Illinois

Dean’s Fellows

The LAS Dean’s Fellows will be engaged in a variety of leadership activities in the college and on campus. They will assist the dean and the LAS cabinet with initiatives and critical activities in the college, bringing important perspectives from the faculty to the dean’s office.

Matthew Sakiestewa GilbertMatthew Sakiestewa Gilbert

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert is an associate professor in the Department of History. As an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe from northeastern Arizona, his research focuses on Native American history, the History of the West, Indian education history, and American Indians and sports. He is the author of Education beyond the Mesas: Hopi Students at Sherman Institute, 1902-1929, and he is currently writing a book on Hopi long distance runners. His publications have appeared in American Quarterly, Western Historical Quarterly, History of Education Quarterly, the Journal of American Indian Education, and in edited volumes. In addition to his publications, he is co-editor of the Indigenous Confluences series with the University of Washington Press. He is also the recipient of the Conrad Humanities Scholar Award (2015-2020), and the Helen Corley Petiti Scholar Award (2013-2014) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a Dean's Fellow in LAS, he is working on issues involving diversity and inclusivity, and other faculty related initiatives within the College.