Bio


W. Tanner Allread is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at Stanford University and holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School. His research focuses on nineteenth-century Native American history and the history of Federal Indian Law, with a particular interest in the intersection of tribal state-building and debates over sovereignty and federalism during the Removal era. Tanner is also interested in the history of American empire, the territories, and the development of constitutional law in relation to marginalized communities. In addition to his historical work, he has assisted tribes with numerous legal matters, working for the law firm of Kanji & Katzen, P.L.L.C., and the Yurok Tribe’s Office of the Tribal Attorney. He is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Current Role at Stanford


Joint Degree in Law and History (J.D./Ph.D.) Candidate

Education & Certifications


  • Juris Doctorate, Stanford Law School (2022)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, History (2016)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Indigenous History, U.S. Legal History, History of U.S. Empire, Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, Law of the Territories, Constitutional Law, Property Law, Environmental Law