Nicholas G Cragoe

 Nicholas Cragoe

Contact Information

2040 Lincoln Hall (MC 460)
Graduate Student
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I am originally from Minneapolis, and have come to UI Urbana-Champaign by way of Beloit College in Wisconsin and CSU East Bay in California, where I earned by BA and MA in Sociology, respectively.  I have been studying Sociology since high school, but my interests are diverse and interdisciplinary.  More than anything else, Sociology has positioned me well to reach into adjacent fields, to draw from the theory, methods, and interests of allied disciplines to create a multi-faceted perspective.

I live in Champaign with my wife, our daughter, and a small herd of animals.  In addition to my academic work, I am also a freelance artist and craftsman, doing occasional gallery work in the local region, and producing custom pieces on commission.

Research Interests

  • Collective Identity
  • Creative Production
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Research Methods
  • Theory
  • Transnational Studies
  • Anishinaabeg Studies
  • Globalization & Imperialism

Research Description

I am currently working on my dissertation, "Mobile Narratives Shaping Ojibwe Identity and Politics in Northern Minnesota."  The study involves examining the influence of different kinds of stories and different modes of storytelling on perceptions of the complex history, identities, politics, and current circumstances of the Ojibwe, the primary indigenous population of the region.  I am conducting extensive interviews with both Native and non-Native residents of the area, story-workers and story distributors, and cultural and political experts in order to ascertain (1) what stories and story-outlets have the strongest impact for different audiences, (2) what content-based determinants affect the influence of these stories, and (3) how the stories move throughout the social and geographic space.  My aim is to determine the extent to which it is possible to define the porous and shifting borders of overlapping communities based on the mobility and changes in their bodies of narratives.


  • B.A., Sociology: Beloit College
  • M.A., Sociology: California State University East Bay

Distinctions / Awards

  • UIUC Excellence in Teaching Award (2012)
  • CSU Research Competition Delegate, CSU East Bay (2011)
  • Beloit College Dean's List (2007-2008)


  • INTERSECT Fellowship - Global Indigeneity (2013-2015)
  • UIUC Sociology Dissertation Research Travel Grant (2015)
  • UIUC American Indian Studies Conference Travel Grant (2015)
  • UIUC Sociology Bastian Summer Fellowship (2015)
  • UIUC Sociology Conference Travel Grant (2014)
  • CSU Graduate Research Grant (2011)


  • SOC 480: Methods of Field Research
  • SOC 373: Social Stratification
  • SOC 275: Criminology (online)
  • SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Following the Green Path: Honor the Earth & Presentations of Anishinaabe Indigeneity Wicazo Sa Reviw 2017.
Narrating Indigenous Boundaries: Postcolonial and Decolonial Storytelling in Northern Minnesota Nationalism & Ethnic Politics 2017.
Cragoe, Nicholas RPG Mythos: Narrative Gaming as Modern Mythmaking Games & Culture 2015.


Cragoe, Nicholas The Ironic Spectator: solidarity in the age of post-humanitarianism The Information Society 2015.

Website Articles

Cragoe, Nicholas Cliven Bundy, King of Nevada Kritik 2014.