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Maia Behrendt
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Maia Behrendt

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Maia Behrendt is an assistant professor of sociology who enjoys working and mentoring undergraduates. Her research focuses on the intersections between race/ethnicity, gender and activism with a particular emphasis on the strategic use of art as a form of activist praxis within marginalized communities.

Her current research examines how Native American/Indigenous women artists use both their art forms and their communities to engage others in topics related to cultural identities and sovereignties, racial and gender discrimination, as well as salient social and environmental injustices.

  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 122 Deviance and Criminology
  • SOCI 289: Special Topics: Environmental Racism
  • SOCI 250 Immigration and Migration

  • B.A. – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.A. – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ph.D. – University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Race and ethnicity
  • Gender studies
  • Social movements
  • Art activism
  • Native American/Indigenous studies

Kazyak, Emily, Kelsy Burke, Maia Behrendt, and Marissa Oliver. 2023. "Religious exemption, LGBT rights, and the social construction of harm and freedom." Law & Social Inquiry: 1-24.

Kazyak, Emily, Kelsy Burke, Marissa Oliver, and Maia Behrendt. 2023. "Making the Case: Examining Outcomes of Religious-Based Claims in Federal Litigation Involving LGBT Rights." Sexuality Research and Social Policy: 1-14.

Behrendt, Maia C. 2022. "Settler colonial origins of intimate partner violence in Indigenous communities." Sociology Compass 16(9).

Bleed, Peter, Matthew Douglass, Alexandra Sumner, Maia Behrendt, and Alex Mackay. 2017. "Photogrammetrical assessment of procedural patterns and sequential structure in “handaxe” manufacture: A case study along the Doring River of South Africa." Lithic Technology 42(1): 3-12.