Sebastian Braun became Director of American Indian Studies at ISU in 2015; he was previously chair of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of North Dakota. Earned a Lic.phil.I in Ethnology, History, and Philosophy from the University of Basel, and a MA and PhD in Anthropology (minor Folklore) from Indiana University. Among other publications, Braun is the author of Buffalo Inc. American Indians and Economic Development and editor of Transforming Ethnohistories. Narrative, Meaning, and Community. He has been writing for the International Work Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) since 2004 and is a co-founder of the American Indian Studies - Great Plains Consortium. His current interests lie in the impacts of the Bakken oil boom, and a comparative analysis of natural resource extraction in rural communities.