Rae Gould

Senior Lecturer / Tribal Liaison
Machmer 101 
Phone: (413) 545-2702
Curriculum Vitae


B.A., Connecticut College, 1995; M.A., University of Connecticut, 2005; Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2010

Area(s) of Specialization:

Cultural Heritage and Resources, Historic Preservation and Museum Collections; New England Native American history and culture in the Post-Contact centuries; Native American material culture and museum practices; Native American art and architecture in the Post-Contact centuries; Native American and Indigenous legal and sovereignty issues, including NAGPRA, Federal Acknowledgement, National Historic Preservation Act and Section 106 regulations

Research Description:

Dr. Rae Gould is a member of the Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts and has worked on projects related to federal acknowledgement, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and historic preservation over her 20-plus year career. She has held teaching positions at Connecticut College, UConn, UMass Amherst, American University and Catholic University, offering courses in Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, Human Rights, Heritage Studies and Native Studies. She also worked at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) in Washington, D.C., (2014-2017) and served as Repatriation Coordinator at UMass Amherst from 2010 to 2014.
Dr. Gould has also worked on archaeology, education and museum projects for audiences of all ages through her work with her tribe and at several museums in New England. Her publications include contributions to volumes on federal acknowledgement, NAGPRA, Indigenous archaeology, international cultural heritage issues, and Native American culture and history, and her PhD is from the University of Connecticut.

Key Publications:

2017 NAGPRA, CUI and Institutional Will. The Routledge Companion to Cultural Property. Haidy Geismar and Jane Anderson, eds. Routledge Press.

2013 Cultural Practice and Authenticity: The Search for Real Indians in New England in the “Historical” Period. The Death of “Prehistory.” Peter Schmidt and Stephen Mrozowski, eds. Oxford University Press.

2013 The Nipmuc Nation, Federal Acknowledgment, and a Case of Mistaken Identity, Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles, and Indigenous Rights in the United States: A Sourcebook. Jean O’Brien and Amy E. Den Ouden, eds. University of North Carolina Press.

2010 Indigenous Archaeology and Being Indian in New England, Being and Becoming Indigenous Archaeologists, George Nicholas, ed. Left Coast Press.