Natalie Johnson is a PhD candidate in American History. Her research interests include the history of anthropology and the history of political thought. Her dissertation, which examines the development of applied anthropology during the Second World War, explores the use of Indian reservations and internment camps in the wartime West as sites for social scientific experimentation. By locating the study of marginalized groups within broader intellectual movements, Natalie shows how war era intellectuals generated a new set of ideas that reconciled democratic principles with military occupation and technocratic control.
Before coming to Stanford, Natalie taught high school in the Pueblo of Zuni where she worked with community members on local museum exhibits and coordinated an oral history project.