Mary Kathryn

Mary Kathryn Nagle
Tulsa, OK
2018 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and playwright. Her play Sliver of a Full Moon has been performed at law schools across the United States, and she has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Rose Theater, Portland Center Stage, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Yale Repertory Theatre. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. Nagel is also a partner at Pipestem Law, P.C., where she works to protect tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of Indian Nations to protect their women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault. She has authored numerous briefs in federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Nagel studied theater and social justice at Georgetown University as an undergraduate studentĀ and received her J.D. from Tulane Law School where she graduated summa cum laude and received the John Minor Wisdom Award. She is a frequent speaker at law schools and symposia across the country. Her articles have been published in law review journals including the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Yale Law Journal, Tulsa Law Review, and Tulane Law Review, among others.

Photo by Jeremy Charles.

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Artwork by Mary Kathryn Nagle