David E. Wilkins is a citizen of the Lumbee Nation and holds the McKnight Presidential Professorship in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. He has adjunct appointments in Political Science, Law, and American Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill in December 1990.
He is the author or editor of a number of books, including Documents of Native American Political Development: 1933 to Present(Oxford, 2019); Red Prophet: The Punishing Intellectualism of Vine Deloria, Jr.(Fulcrum, 2018); Dismembered: Native Disenrollment and the Battle for Basic Human Rights(with Shelly Hulse Wilkins) (Fulcrum, 2017); Hollow Justice: Indigenous Claims Against the U.S.(Yale, 2013); The Navajo Political Experience, 4thed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013); The Hank Adams Reader(Univ. of Washington Press, 2011), and The Legal Universe(with Vine Deloria, Jr.) (Fulcrum, 2011). His articles have appeared in a range of social science, law, history, and ethnic studies journals.