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Teaching

Philosophy

I teach courses in Native American and Indigenous Studies, American Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Museum Studies. My classes have been cross-listed in Environmental Studies, History, and Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies Studies. I have experience teaching online courses.

As a student said in a tearful goodbye, my classes embody the highest ideals of the university by giving students tools for identifying the hidden power relations that structure our everyday lives and institutions and asking what it would mean to live in ethical relation on Indigenous land. My classes take a place-based approach that foregrounds the histories and contemporary perspectives of marginalized peoples both locally and globally. My students find this deeply transformative as they apply course critiques to their immediate environments and begin to see familiar landscapes in a new light. 

Students appreciate my consensus-based leadership style in which I give others resources they need to thrive and flourish as critical and creative thinkers. My students have taken on their own leadership roles organizing their peers and advocating to expand Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brandeis, demonstrating how my mentorship prepares students to become life-long, socially engaged learners. As one wrote in an email: "[Your work] inspired me to continue leveraging the power I have as a student to fight for NAIS after you leave Brandeis... Thank you for reminding us of Indigenous power, healing, hope and triumph in this particular political moment that can feel hopeless."

Experience​

2020-Present    Agnes Scott College

  • Teach courses in Anthropology

  • Mentor students

2018-2020        Brandeis University

Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Native American and Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology and American Studies Program

  • Built the first circular programing and taught courses in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS)

  • Founded a new NAIS Colloquia Series, which featured Indigenous scholars and community organizers

  • Mentored students as they took on leadership roles advocating to expand NAIS at Brandeis

  • Mentored students as they conducted research and created essays, zines, and paintings about contemporary Indigenous issues

2017       The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia

Graduate Curatorial Intern

  • Mentored student curators as they created an exhibition at the Kluge-Ruhe, an internationally leading contemporary Aboriginal Australian art museum, through a program providing training for students from underrepresented backgrounds 

  • Co-edited the exhibition catalog featuring students' writing

  • Filmed and edited a video featuring students discussing artwork on display

2016        University of Virginia

Instructor, Department of Anthropology

  • Taught "The Anthropology of Religion"

  • Mentored students' research comparing competing sources from different outlets​, leading to final projects that included essays, paintings, and documentary films on the #NoDAPL movement

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