Sarah LaVoy-Brunette

Ph.D. Candidate


Sarah (White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, Bear Clan) is a 5th-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Medieval Studies Program with a graduate minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Her dissertation employs critical Indigenous studies to analyze the transcolonial legacies of settler colonialism and Indigenous erasure across the medieval-modern divide.

Sarah was awarded the Zhu Family Graduate Fellowship for the 2023-2024 academic year, and in 2019 she was awarded the Dean’s McNair Graduate Diversity Fellowship and named a Graduate Dean’s Scholar. In 2019, Sarah also received the Scholar of the College Award and the Art History Book Award from her alma mater, the University of Minnesota Morris.

Research Interests:

  • Critical Indigenous Studies
  • Medieval-modern legacies of settler colonialism and Indigeneity
  • Medieval and modern legal history
  • Material culture of the medieval North Atlantic
  • Old English literature and language
  • History of universities in the United States

Courses taught:

  • Indigenous North America (Fall 2021/Fall2022, Graduate TA)
  • Women in Medieval Art and Literature (Fall 2020)


  • In preparation with Dusti Bridges. Working title: “Indigenous Dispossession, ‘Land-Grab’ Universities, and Medieval Studies.” Accepted to the Medieval Academy of America Centennial special issue of Speculum. Forthcoming January 2025. 
  • with Jordan Chauncy. “Settler Fantasies and Queer Disruptions: A Non-binary Reading of Gerald’s Wolves.” Accepted to the “Medieval Trans Natures” special issue of Medieval Ecocriticisms. Forthcoming Summer 2024.