David Kerry is a Ph.D. student in Native American history. His research focuses on the intersections of American Federal Indian policy and U.S. foreign affairs. David’s current work explores the global origins and effects of the Indian Reorganization Act, while also tracing the intellectual history of theories of development between European colonial administrators and their American counterparts.
David was a 2021-2022 Graduate Fellow at the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration as well as a 2021-2022 Beinecke Library Walter McClintock Memorial Fellow. He is an active member of the NYU-Yale American Indian Sovereignty Project and has contributed research for several Supreme Courts briefs.
David received his BA in History from Reed College in 2020 and is from Tucson, Arizona. He welcomes any questions from prospective graduate students and is happy to talk about the History program at Yale.