Paul Grant-Costa, Ph.D., J.D.
Director, Executive Editor
Paul holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics from the University of Connecticut, a J.D. (International Law and Human Rights) from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. He has worked as an archeological researcher in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York, Senior Researcher at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, a post-doctoral editorial associate at the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, and a legal intern at the Directorate of Human Rights at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. As a lead historical researcher on a number of federal recognition projects, he worked with tribal councils, tribal historians, lawyers, and anthropologists across New England. Paul has been a member of the Yale Group for the Study of Native America since its inception in 2003.
Paul’s research interests are Native communities in southeastern New England, the Native Atlantic World, Colonial America, local law and the Native American; Native American/Black relations, and federal recognition of Native tribes. His recent publications include the introductory chapter to Lucianne Lavin’s Connecticut Indigenous Peoples (Yale University Press, 2013), an essay on Anglo-Amerindian commercial relations (with Elizabeth Mancke) in E. Mancke, J. Reid, and H. Bowen, Britain’s Oceanic Empire: Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds, c. 1550-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and several articles on New England Native history.
Tobias Glaza, M.S.
Assistant Executive Editor
A former senior researcher at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and land management coordinator for the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, Tobias holds a M.A in Ethnobotany from Connecticut College. In addition to his more recent work with Connecticut Native people, he has worked for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and on a variety of projects in New England including the Boston Harbor Islands Ethnographic Assessment for the National Park Service and the federal recognition efforts of the Eastern Pequot, the Hassanamisco Band of Nipmuc in Massachusetts, and Shinnecock Tribe of Long Island, New York.
Tobias’ research interests include land use, environmental history and changes in Native communities and land tenure in New England. His latest publications include Breaking the Myth of the Unmanaged Landscape, Connecticut Explored, 10:35-39; P. Grant-Costa, T. Glaza, and M. Sletcher, “The Common Pot: Editing Native American Materials,” Scholarly Editing 33. K. Burgess, P. Grant-Costa, and T. Glaza, On the Edge: Early Landscapes and People of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Native American Anthropological Overview and Assessment, National Park Service (2008). M. Lawson et at., Response of the Nipmuc Nation to the Proposed Finding against Federal Acknowledgement (2004); W. Simmons, K. Bragdon, M. Flowers, et al., Being an Indian in Connecticut: The Eastern Pequot Tribe of Connecticut’s Comments on the Proposed Findings of the Bureau of Acknowledgement and Recognition of March 2000 (2001).
Julie Fisher, Ph.D.
Julie holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Delaware with a focus on Early American and Native American history. Her research centers on English-colonial politics, language acquisition, and borderland communities. She is the co-author of Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country, which appeared with Cornell University Press in 2014. Building on this work, she is now editing a collection of letters by Rhode Island’s founder, Roger William, that highlight Williams’ role as a skilled bilingual and formative political actor in Indian-English politics.
Hub IT Manager
Brian Kitano is a junior at Yale University studying Statistics and Data Science with experience in cultural heritage preservation gained as a field archaeologist. Having a passion for computer science and history, he is a nascent full-stack developer in NodeJS and React but also works in data analytics and artificial intelligence in Python. Brian worked as a field archaeologist at Tel Megiddo, Israel and a research assistant in Yale’s Department of Anthropology. He also served as an Undersecretary General for the Yale Model United Nations XLIII and Cabinet Secretary for the Yale Model Congress. He is funded through the generosity of the Beinecke Library in association with Washington State University’s IMLS National Leadership Mukurtu Hubs and Spokes Grant.
Tribal Intern (Mohegan)
A recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island, with a Masters in Library and Information Studies, Eric is a member of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, where he is also employed. His experiences as a graduate student have included an internship with the University of Arizona to research and create metadata files for the associated American Indian Film Gallery. Eric presented on his academic work with the University of Arizona at the 46th Algonquin Conference in 2014. He was also a member of the New England Archivist (NEA) Diversity Task Force in 2013. In addition, Eric has been involved with the historic preservation and archival communities for over 10 years, volunteering and participating in several projects.
Digital Projects &
Yale Divinity School Library
Michael Sletcher, Senior Associate Editor, 2009-2014
Adrina Garbooshian, Consulting Editor, 2011-2012
Brian Parker, Photographer, 2009-2013
Allen Phillips, Travel Photographer, 2012
Rachel Sayet, Mohegan Visiting Native Scholar, 2013
Matthew Ryan (Central Connecticut State University), Editorial Intern, 2012-2013
Gabe Benjamin (Central Connecticut State University), Editorial Intern, 2014
Zoe Waldman (Brandeis University), Editorial Assistant, Summer 2014
Anya Montiel (Yale), Native Editorial Assistant, 2014
Ryan Hall (Yale), Editorial Assistant, 2014
Justin Brooks (Yale), Editorial Assistant, 2014
Justin Hawkins (Yale), Editorial Assistant, 2014
Emily Van Alst (Yale), Native Editorial Assistant, 2014
Sharon Welch (Yale), Native Editorial Assistant, 2014
Kyle Armstrong (Central Connecticut State University), Editorial Intern, 2015
Zachary Dann (Central Connecticut State University), Editorial Intern, 2015
Sebi Medina-Tayac (Yale), Native Editorial Intern, 2015
Marc Strickland (Yale), Native Editorial Intern, 2015
Peter Cherry (Wayne State University), Research Assistant, 2015
Patricia Mandernach (Wayne State University), Research Assistant, 2015