I am a comparative and critical ethnic studies scholar interested in the intersections between ethnic studies, cultural geography, and indigenous studies. My research focuses on issues of race, space, and indigenous geographies. I am currently working to publish my first book on the use of Indianness in the production of social and cultural spaces. I also write on pedagogy, contemporary media, and popular culture, and have begun comparative work on spatiality and indigeneity in English settler colony nations (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States).
I have worked extensively with on-campus cultural centers [see this video on the OSU cultural centers], with a special emphasis on combining scholarship, mentoring, and community building. Before joining Oregon State University I taught at a number of schools, including San Francisco State University and UC San Diego.
I recently had the honor of interviewing some of OSU's Native American Longhouse staff, as part of a collaborative oral history project between the Longhouse, Ethnic Studies, and Oregon Multicultural Archives.
My Center for the Humanities fellowship Lecture Flyer
Check out Ethnic Studies graduate Zandro Lerma's feature video and story for Spring 2014 commencement.