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DaShanne Stokes is a public intellectual with true courage and vision." --Alyssa Milano, actor and activist


By the time he earned his doctorate, DaShanne had already established himself as a thought leader with insightful views on a range of important social and political issues. I can't wait to see what he does next. --Dr. Mike Friedman, clinical psychologist, Psychology Today and Huffington Post contributor


Dr. Stokes reveals the depth of injustice waged upon those who have been marginalized and who might be otherwise left silenced if not for courageous voices, like his. --Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, speaker and author of "The Declassified Adoptee"


DaShanne's fresh perspective and unique experience challenges our preconceptions and leads us to think more deeply about today's social problems and illuminates important means to address them. --Dr. C. Richard King, author of "Redskins: Insult and Brand" and "Beyond Hate: White Power and Popular Culture"





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Dr. DaShanne Stokes is an expert on American politics, culture, and civil rights. He has studied domestic and international politics, American foreign policy, power, propaganda, inequality, Native American issues, religious freedom, civil rights--and the complex challenges and contradictions these entail.

Dr. Stokes has been writing and speaking publicly for over a decade. His fresh, provocative, and inspiring thinking has been quoted by world leaders and have made him a sought after guest featured on NPR, the BBC, NBC, CBS, Sky News Tonight,, and other national and international media. Stokes has spoken at college campuses and prestigious scholarly conferences. He has also been quoted hundreds of times around the world in major outlets like People, USA Today, The Hill, The Independent, Daily Mail, MSN, BET, The Nation, Elite Daily, The Daily Dot, Huffington Post, The Daily Caller, Observer, International Business Times, The Courier-Gazette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Charlotte Observer, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Stokes' scholarly work investigates politics, culture, inequality, and how power is coded, hidden, and reproduced. In his doctoral dissertation, he gathered and analyzed data supporting a theoretical framework he originated that helps scholars and policy makers understand how and why countries are (and sometimes are not) recognized politically as states--a conflicting process that has shaped major social and political conflicts, wars, and even the suppression of citizens' rights. He is currently developing new research investigating the American presidency and LGBT inequality.

DaShanne Stokes received his B.S. from the University of South Dakota in biology, a master's degree from Boston University in psychology, and a second master's degree from Minnesota State University in sociology. He is received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016. Learn more >>



Dr. Stokes has been mentioned in numerous press and media sources, such as The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and To read Dr. Stokes' press clips, please click here.



- American Politics (Domestic and International)

- Politics and Power

- Ending Gun Violence

- The Media and Political Propaganda

- Donald Trump and the Trump Administration

- LGBT Rights and Equality

- Bisexuality and Gender

- Civil Rights and Social Justice

- Race and Ethnicity

- Racism and Discrimination

- Religious Freedom

- Adoption and Adoptee Rights

- The Boy Scouts' Anti-Gay Policy and Membership Controversy

- Native American issues

- Native American and ethnic team names and mascots

- The Eagle Feather Law (50 CFR 22)

- Political / Diplomatic Recognition of States

- Federal Recognition of Native American Tribes

- The Recognition of Tibet, Taiwan, and Palestine

- The Art and Craft of Memoir



Donald Trump and the Trump Administration Controversies

The 2016 U.S. presidential election divided America. From Trump's infamous sexism and bigotry to election interference by the Russian government, no American president has raised so many controversies or questions that cut to the heart of what it means to be American and what lies in store for the future of our nation. Drawing on his expertise as a political scholar, Dr. Stokes has been an outspoken commentator about Donald Trump and the Trump administration. He has shared his fresh views and analyses about Donald Trump and his administration as a featured guest on NPR and the BBC. His commentaries and analyses have also been featured in The Huffington Post and have been quoted around the world in major outlets like USA Today, The Nation, The Hill, BET, and


Coming Out in the Midst of the Orlando Massacre

In 2015, Dr. Stokes worked alongside Scouts for Equality to increase visibility in support of changing the Boy Scouts' discriminatory policy excluding LGBT adults. In his article featured on the Front Page of The Huffington Post, entitled "Coming Out in the Midst of the Orlando Massacre," he discusses his experiences with living in fear, hiding his identity as bisexual, and what lead him to come out of hiding in the midst of the 2016 terrorist attack against a gay nightclub in Orlando, an attack that claimed the life of 49 LGBT people. Dr. Stokes argues that "Only by speaking out can we create lasting change. And that change begins with coming out."


The Face of Racism

Since the election of Barack Obama, many people have been lured into thinking that we have moved into a post-racial society, but racism remains alive and well in the United States. As someone who has experienced both unearned privilege for being racially white, but who has also experienced discrimination for being Native American and for having a "black-sounding" name, DaShanne Stokes has a unique perspective on the state of racism in the United States. In his numerous published articles, media appearances, and university lectures, Dr. Stokes lays bare the unsettling truth about racism in the U.S., why it persists, and what we can do to be a force for change.


Our Fight for Religious Freedom

As someone whose religious freedom has long been denied by the federal government, Dr. DaShanne Stokes has a unique perspective on the First Amendment, the ongoing fight for religious freedom, and what it means to be a U.S. citizen. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Stokes served as the founder and director of the political advocacy group Religious Freedom with Raptors, the first organization dedicated to changing the federal "eagle feather law," (50 CFR 22) so as to protect religious freedom and promote racial equality. Dr. Stokes' work on religious freedom has appeared in books, publications like The Chronicle of Higher Education and Indian Country Today, and made him a sought-after guest on local and national radio.


Realizing LBGT Equality: The Boy Scouts of America Anti-Gay Policy and Membership Controversy

As an Eagle Scout, DaShanne Stokes witnessed the devastating impact of homophobia when a close friend was thrown out of the Boy Scouts for being gay. As a voice for inclusive scouting with advanced degrees in psychology and sociology, Dr. Stokes combines research and personal experiences to analyze the personal and societal level effects of the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy and membership controversy, and to shed light on how we can engineer true equality for LGBT people.


Adoptee Rights Are Your Rights, Too

Adoptees come from every race, gender, and sexual orientation. They are your mothers and fathers, your sisters and brothers, your lovers, friends, and coworkers. In the U.S., they number 6 million strong, but their voices touch the lives of tens of millions more. Drawing on recent and historical events, scientific research, and compelling personal experiences as a late discovery adoptee and an advocate for adoptee rights, Dr. Stokes explains how the issue of adoptee rights is about much more than a piece of paper. It is about a fundamental human right we all share, the right to know who we are and where we come from--and realizing true equality for all.


What is it Like Growing Up (Un)Adopted?

Having accidentally discovered that he was adopted at the age of 20 while trying to win his religious freedom, DaShanne Stokes's experiences are as uncommon as they are unsettling. Drawing on harrowing and inspiring events described in his work featured in Adoption Today as well as his forthcoming memoir, Recomposition, Dr. Stokes offers a unique perspective on the meaning of family as well as what it's like to learn about being adopted, the value of family diversity and multiculturalism, and how to find one's place in the adoption community.



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"DaShanne" is pronounced Duh-Shane, similar to the name Dwayne except replacing "wayne" with "Shanne". It has two syllables, and it is all one name. There are no pauses between the two syllables, and there are no spaces between any of the letters when the name is written or printed. Note that this is just like the name Shane, except that it has a quick and soft d in front of it. Please note that this is a short, soft d, not not a long or hard d like when you say the letter d (which is pronounced dee or 'dē). A dictionary pronunciation guide would look something like this: d'shān.

Dr. Stokes' last name, "Stokes," rhymes with "pokes."



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Dr. Stokes appeared on Sky News Tonight (UK), to discuss the global March for Our Lives protest, ending gun violence, and the movement's implications for President Donald Trump and the 2018 Midterm Elections on March 24, 2018.

Dr. Stokes appeared on Sky News Tonight (UK), to discuss the Florida shooting and its political implications on February 15, 2018.

Dr. Stokes appeared on BBC Arabic, to discuss the so-called Trump Award Winners for False Journalism #FakeNews on January 18, 2018.

Dr. Stokes appeared on BBC's Radio 5 Live Drive, to discuss President Trump's controversial speech to the Boy Scouts of America. July 25, 2017.

Dr. Stokes appeared on NPR's The Takeaway, to discuss President's Address to the Boy Scouts Triggers Outrage on July 25, 2017.

Dr. Stokes appeared on Out Chicago, to discuss the First Amendment Defense Act and claims of religious freedom used to attack LGBT rights on August 7, 2016.

Dr. Stokes appeared on, "Boy Scouts Expected To Ratify Resolution To Allow Gay Scoutmasters," July 27, 2015.

Dr. Stokes appeared on NBC, "Boy Scout Board Approves End to Blanket Ban on Gay Adults," July 27, 2015.

Dr. Stokes appeared on CBS, "Boy Scouts Expected To Ratify Resolution To Allow Gay Scoutmasters," July 27, 2015.

Dr. Stokes appeared on Progressive Voices, "How Homophobia is Hurting Our Nation's Foster Children." November 10, 2015. (Broadcast nationally)

Dr. Stokes appeared on The Robert Christian Show, "DaShanne Stokes Civil Rights Activist." June 19, 2015.

Dr. Stokes appeared on This Show is So Gay, Interview About the Boy Scouts' Anti-Gay Policy, the Ethnic Team Name and Mascot Controversy, and Native American Religious Freedom and the Eagle Feather Law. June 4, 2015. (Broadcast nationally)

Dr. Stokes appeared on Out Chicago, The Boy Scouts of America Anti-Gay Policy and Membership Controversy, April 12, 2015

Dr. Stokes appeared on Native America Calling, "Fight Over Eagle Feathers." February 18, 2015. (Broadcast across the U.S. and Canada).

Dr. Stokes appeared on Uprising Radio, "Erasing the 'R' Word from our Lexicon," May 27, 2014.

Dr. Stokes appeared on The Beat of Sports, Interviewed About Dan Snyder and Changing the Discriminatory Washington Football Team Name. April 22, 2014.

Dr. Stokes appeared on First Voices Indigenous Radio, "The Eagle Feather Law: How Religious Freedom in America is Restricted for Native Americans." March 1, 2007

Dr. Stokes appeared on Native America Calling, "The Sanctity of Eagles." December 19, 2006. (Broadcast across the U.S. and Canada)

Dr. Stokes appeared on South Dakota Public Radio, Leonard Peltier and Contemporary Issues in Native American Culture. April 4, 2000.



"Smoke Signals."
November 9, 2005. Emmanuel College, Boston, MA.

"The Culture of Memory: The Socio-Cultural Uses and Misuses of Memory."
October 25, 2005. Emmanuel College, Department of Psychology, Boston, MA.

"The Fellowship of Fires."
Stokes, DaShanne et al. March 17, 1998. The University of South Dakota, School of Education, Vermillion, SD.



"The Role of Political Recognition in Native American Political Mobilization."
August 20, 2011 (w/ Sam Potter). Paper presented at the 61st annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Las Vegas, NV.

"Law, Identity, and Power of Recognition: Domination and Resistance in Native American Federal Acknowledgement." August 17, 2010. Paper presented at the 105th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta, GA.

"Native American Mobilization and the Power of Recognition."
August 13, 2010. Paper presented at the 60th annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Atlanta, GA.

"The Myth of Religious Freedom: Native Americans, Identity Politics and the Eagle Feather Law."
August 10, 2009. Paper presented at the 104th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA.

"Race, Identity Politics, and a Native American Social Movement That Could Have Been."
August 7, 2009. Paper presented at the 59th annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, August 7, San Francisco, CA.

"In the Land of the Free: Suppressing an Indigenous Social Movement Through Identity Politics."
March 31, 2009. Paper presented at the Workshop Series on Power, Resistance, and Social Change. University of Pittsburgh, Department of Sociology, Pittsburgh, PA.

"The Peace Corps and the American Empire."
August 11, 2007. Presented at the 102nd annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York, NY.

"Native American Perceptions of Sibling Abuse."
March 11, 2005 (w/ K. Westmiller). Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

"Implicit Theories of Wife Abuse."
April 15, 2004 (w/ K. Rapoza and T. Zaveri). Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

"Reinventing the Social Conservation Psyche."
April 19, 2002. Presented at Idea Fest, April 19, Vermillion, SD.

"Unity Through Diversity: Native American Students and the Seventh Generation."
Stokes, DaShanne et al. April 17, 1998. Presented at Idea Fest, Vermillion, SD.



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