Coordinator, Ethnic Studies

Office: 541-737-1113

Waldo Hall

Waldo Hall 260

2250 SW Jefferson Way

2250 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
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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. My book, Native Space: Geographic Strategies to Unsettle Settler Colonialism (OSU Press, and the First Peoples series) illustrates the ways that Native people in North America sustain and create Indigenous geographies in settler colonial nations (and was awarded the Association for Ethnic Studies' 2021 Outstanding Book Award). A second co-authored book, A People's Guide to Portland and Beyond (pre-contract, UC Press), highlights lesser known sites of social justice and oppression across the city of Portland. I also write on pedagogy, cartography, contemporary media, college cultural centers, and popular culture. My writing appears in the following

(Journals) -- Journal of Geography, Cartographica, Mobilities, e-flux Architecture/Guggenheim, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, People and Nature, Social Text/Natural History Museum, Urban GeographySeminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, AAG Review of Books, Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, Oregon Humanities, and...

(Books) -- Transformative Approaches to Social Justice Education (Routledge), Diversity in Disney Films (MacFarland), Teaching Race in the 21st Century (Palgrave/Springer), Nexus: Complicating Community and Centering the Self (Cognella).

In addition to my second book, I am currently working on:

  1. an article about teaching Ethnic Studies during study abroad -- under review
  2. an article on Indigenous Placekeeping -- under review
  3. co-editing a special journal issue on Indigenous Cartographies -- in progress
  4. an analytic survey of Ethnic Studies programs in the United States -- in progress
  5. a book on "race as space" -- just getting started

My most notable pedagogical project is the ongoing Social Justice Tours of Corvallis (see publications), a student-led research and experiential community learning series.

I greatly enjoy my work with colleagues at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians (Note: this should not be read as an endorsement by either community). I have worked extensively with on-campus cultural centers [see this video on the OSU cultural centers, the UCSD Cross-Cultural Center page, and Sacramento State University's Multicultural Center], with a special emphasis on combining scholarship, mentoring, and community building.  Before joining Oregon State University I taught at a number of schools, including California College of the Arts (Critical Studies), San Francisco State University (American Indian Studies), and UC San Diego (Ethnic Studies).

Student Research and Highlights
Courses taught
  • Making Alliances & Solidarities 
  • Environmental Racism (including Honors)
  • Indigenous Ocean and Coast (with Siletz Tribe)
  • Introduction to Native American Studies (including Honors)
  • Research Methods: Ethnic Studies
  • Ethnohistory Methodology
  • Native American Assimilation and Activism (including Honors)
  • Public Discourse and Writing on Race (Writing Intensive Course)
  • Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • Race, Space, and Difference
  • Mapping Activism and Power in Portland and Beyond (Honors)
  • London, Sugar, and Slavery (Honors - England)
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity in Japan (Honors - Japan)
Media and Interviews
My Publications


Journal Article

Ruiz, Michelle Vasquez et al. Mobilities And Ethnic Studies: A Roundtable Discussion. Ethnic Studies Review 46.3 (2023): 128-154. Web. Ethnic Studies Review.


Book Chapter

Barnd, Natchee. Scripting Change: The Social Justice Tour Of Corvallis. Transformative Approaches To Social Justice Education: Equity And Access In The College Classrooms. Ed. Nana Osei-Kofi, Boovy, Bradley, & Furman, Kali. Routledge, 2021. Print. Transformative Approaches To Social Justice Education: Equity And Access In The College Classrooms.

Web Article

Barnd, Natchee. Permissions Are Not Forthcoming. e-flux Architecture and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. 2021. Web. E-Flux Architecture And Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.


Journal Article