Robert Walls


Assistant Professional Specialist

Teaching Professor of Native American Studies

BA, University of Washington
Ph.D., Indiana University

1038 Flanner Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (5754) 631-2599
Fax: (574) 631-4399

Teaching and Research Interests:

       Native American/First Nations and Indigenous Studies;  American environmental history, environmental anthropology, and ecocriticism; Native literature and print culture;  ethnohistory;  working-class studies and labor history;  folklore and material culture.


       Robert Walls devotes his teaching and research to ethnographic and ethnohistorical studies of the indigenous peoples of North America. His focus has been on intercultural relationships in the Pacific Northwest, where he has worked with Coast Salish and local non-indigenous communities for over thirty years.  His research and publications have addressed labor history and occupational culture in the timber industry and sustainable forestry in the western United States; vernacular and folk architecture; literary history, print culture, and regional identities; and the protection of cultural heritage.  His publications include two books and over forty-five articles, notes, reviews, and reference book entries, as well as articles for popular magazines, journals, and newspapers.  He is currently preparing a study and anthology of early Coast Salish literature and literacies, and their relationship to issues of traditionality, authorship, power, and place.


  • AMST 30141 - Native American Literature     

  • AMST 30195 - Violence and Nonviolence in America

  • CSEM 23102 - Past and Futures of Indigenous Peoples