Paul Grant-Costa is the executive editor of the Yale Indian Papers Project. He has worked as Senior Researcher at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, a partner in Greymatter (a historical research consultancy), a post-doctoral editorial associate at the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, and a legal intern at the Directorate of Human Rights at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. As a lead historical researcher on a number of federal recognition projects, he worked with tribal councils, tribal historians, lawyers, and anthropologists across New England. He holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics from the University of Connecticut, a J.D. (International Law and Human Rights) from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. Paul has been a member of the Yale Group for the Study of Native America since its inception in 2003. He currently serves on Connecticut’s State Historic Preservation Council.
Paul’s research interests are Native communities in southeastern New England, the Native Atlantic World, Colonial America, local law and the Native American; New England belief and superstition, Native American/Black relations, and federal recognition of Native tribes. His recent publications include the introductory chapter to Lucianne Lavin’s Connecticut Indigenous Peoples (Yale University Press, 2013), an essay on Anglo-Amerindian commercial relations (with Elizabeth Mancke) in E. Mancke, J. Reid, and H. Bowen, Britain’s Oceanic Empire: Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds, c. 1550-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and several articles on New England Native history.