NAISA Council

NAISA is governed by a constitution and by-laws. The first election of association officers took place in the spring of 2009. Current officers and Councilors are listed below, followed by former officers and Councilors. The Council meets twice a year face-to-face and meets electronically on a monthly basis the other ten months of the year.



Officers – 2021-2022



Brendan Hokowhitu (Māori, Ngāti Pūkenga), University of Queensland

Brendan Hokowhitu, PhD, is a Professor of Indigenous Research at the University of Queensland and is affiliated with the Office of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement). He is a greatly respected Indigenous academic and university leader with decades of experience and an extensive media profile in both Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Canada.


He has served as Dean and Professor of Indigenous Studies at both the University of Waikato (Aotearoa) and University of Alberta (Canada) and has held teaching positions at the University of Otago (Aotearoa) and University of Victoria (Canada).


His academic track record includes a range of innovations in course and curriculum design including the development of the ‘Indigenous Canada’ MOOC, which became the largest course in all of Canada, and the creation of an Indigenous Studies PhD at Alberta. He also has an extensive publication record, including as lead editor of the recently published (2021) Routledge Handbook of Critical Indigenous Studies, and has led numerous significant external research grants.


Professor Hokowhitu is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

– from the University of Queensland website




Susan M. Hill (Haudenosaunee), University of Toronto

Susan Hill, PdD, is the Director of the Centre for Indigenous Studies and an Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies and History at the University of Toronto.


Professor Hill is the author of The Clay We Are Made Of: Haudenosaunee Land Tenure On The Grand River (2017), which won several awards, including Best First Book, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (2018); Aboriginal History Group Book Prize, Canadian Historial Association (2018); and the Ontario Clio Prize, Canadian Historical Association (2018).


In The Clay We Are Made Of, [Professor] Hill presents a revolutionary retelling of the history of the Grand River Haudenosaunee from their Creation Story, through European contact, to contemporary land claims negotiations. She incorporates Indigenous theory, Fourth world post-colonialism, and Amerindian autohistory, along with Haudenosaunee languages, oral records, and wampum strings to provide a comprehensive account of the Haudenosaunee relationship to their land… [She] outlines the basic principles and historical knowledge contained within four key epics passed down through Haudenosaunee history. She highlights the political role of women in land negotiations and dispels their misrepresentation in the scholarly canon. She guides the reader through treaty relationships with Dutch, French, and British settler nations—including the Kaswentha/ Two-Row Wampum (the precursor to all future Haudenosaunee-European treaties), the Covenant Chain, the Nanfan Treaty, and the Haldimand Proclamation—and details outstanding land claims. [Professor] Hill’s study concludes with a discussion of the current problematic relationship between the Grand River Haudenosaunee and the Canadian government, and reflects on the meaning and possibility of reconciliation.

from the University of Manitoba Press website




Aileen Moreton-Robinson (Goenpul), University of Queensland

University of Queensland Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson is a world-renowned Indigenous scholar. Distinguished Professor Moreton-Robinson is based in the School of Social Science, engages with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and works on projects with the Division of Indigenous Engagement. She was appointed as Australia’s first Indigenous Distinguished Professor in 2016 while at Queensland University of Technology, where she was also honored with the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 2019.


Distinguished Professor Moreton-Robinson authored the foundational book Talkin Up to the White Woman: Indigenous Women and Feminism which was published in 1999. It is now available as a twentieth-anniversary edition. Her second book, The White Possessive: Property, Power and Indigenous Sovereignty (2015) won the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association’s Subsequent Book Prize in 2016. Other scholarly work includes numerous journal articles and edited collections, including the Routledge Handbook of Critical Indigenous Studies (2021).


The Distinguished Professor is the founding Director of the Australian Research Council’s National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN), a national program that has capacity built Indigenous postgraduate students and early career researchers. She also served as President of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) in 2019 and was a member of the executive for six years. NATSIHEC was appointed as an advisory body to the Australian Commonwealth government on Indigenous higher education.


In 2020, Distinguished Professor Moreton-Robinson was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and was selected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the first Indigenous scholar to be elected from outside of the U.S. since the Academy’s founding in 1780. She is a founding member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

from the University of Queensland website




Marisa Elena Duarte (Pascua Yaqui), Arizona State University

Marisa Duarte, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School for Social Transformation and an Affiliate Professor of the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University in Tempe. Her areas of expertise are: Communication Technologies, Informatics, Indigenous Justice, and Technology and Society. [Professor Duarte] researches problems of information, knowledge, and technology in Native American and Indigenous contexts. For example, a recent work examines tensions between wearable technologies, privacy, and well-being among marginalized peoples, specifically among Indigenous and Mexican American women. She also investigates Native and Indigenous peoples’ uses of social media, construction of large-scale digital infrastructures, and interfaces that allow for the circulation of Indigenous ways of knowing. Her work requires understanding of Western and Indigenous philosophies of science and technology, as well as Indigenous concepts of justice.


Professor Duarte is also a member of the HSCollab, which is a lab within the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University. She crafts research projects that advance science, technology, and society studies, and also shape the health and well-being of the many peoples of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, including the well-being of folks in her own tribe, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and surrounding communities.

from Arizona State University website




Kevin Bruyneel, Babson College

Kevin Bruyneel, PhD, is a Professor of Politics at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. His book, Settler Memory: The Disavowal of Indigeneity and the Politics of Race in the United States, was published in the Critical Indigeneities Series of the University of North Carolina Press in 2021. He presently writes on the relationship between race, colonialism, collective memory, and racial capitalism. He has published articles in History & Memory, Settler Colonial Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal, and The Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy. His first book was The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S.-Indigenous Relations (2007).


Professor Bruyneel is of settler ancestry, born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. At Babson College, Bruyneel teaches courses in Political Theory, American Politics, Critical Race Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Radical Politics.

from the Babson College website




Council Members



Leonie Pihama (Te Ātiawa, Waikato Tainui, Ngā Māhanga a Tairi), University of Waikato

Associate Professor Leonie Pihama, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Te Kōtahi Institute, University of Waikato, and Director of Māori And Indigenous Analysis Ltd, a Kaupapa Māori research company. Her extensive research interests cover whānau, economic transformation and national identity. She has a long history of involvement in Māori education, including te kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa Māori (total immersion pre–schools and schools), and has published widely.


Professor Pihama sits on the Government-appointed Constitutional Advisory Panel. She has received numerous academic awards, including the inaugural Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award and a Hohua Tutengaehe Post-Doctoral Scholarship from the Health Research Council of New Zealand.


Professor Pihama was the Principal Investigator on the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga research project Tiakina Te Pā Harakeke: Māori childrearing within a context of whānau ora. She has led other NPM projects in the past, on education, eugenics, and neonatal care, and was ranked as one of the ‘100 Māori leaders’ by Te Rau Matatini.

from the University of Waikato website




Luis E. Cárcamo-Huechante (Mapuche), Comunidad de Historia Mapuche and the University of Texas at Austin

Associate Professor Luis E. Cárcamo-Huechante, PhD, is a scholar of Mapuche origin who grew up in Tralcao, a rural village in the River Region of Valdivia in southern Chile. He taught at Harvard University between 2001 and 2009. Since 2009, he has taught Latin American and Indigenous literatures, media and cultures in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin. Professor Cárcamo-Huechante is also the Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies at UT-Austin, where he also serves on the Advisory Council of the LGBTQ Studies Program.


Professor Cárcamo-Huechante is a founding member of the Comunidad de Historia Mapuche (CHM), which is a collective of Indigenous, Mapuche researchers based in Temuco, southern Chile. Through the CHM, he has recently co-edited the collections of essays on colonial violence, entitled Awükan ka kütrankan zugu Wajmapu meu: Violencias coloniales en Wajmapu (Ediciones Comunidad de Historia Mapuche, 2015); and also Ta iñ fijke xipa rakizuameluwün. Historia, colonialismo y resistencia desde el país Mapuche (Ediciones de Historia Mapuche, 2012), the first book of this Mapuche collective, and which brings together fourteen Mapuche authors who examine many dimensions of Mapuche history, relying upon the concept of colonialism as the axis of debate and reflection on historical, political, cultural and territorial issues. Previously, in 2007, Professor Cárcamo-Huechante published his own book, Tramas del mercado: imaginación económica, cultura pública y literatura en el Chile de fines del siglo veinte (Santiago: Editorial Cuarto Propio), and co-edited a volume of essays entitled El valor de la cultura: arte, literatura y mercado en América Latina (with Alvaro Fernández-Bravo and Alejandra Laera, Rosario, Argentina: Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2007). He has published articles in prestigious academic journals. He is also a member of the editorial boards of refereed journals in the United States and in Latin America, such as: Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Latin American Literary Review, Chasqui, and Taller de Letras.


In August 2012, Professor Cárcamo-Huechante won the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the University of Texas System Board of Regents’ highest teaching honor. During the 2013-2014 academic year, he was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.

from the University of Texas at Austin website




Kiara Vigil (Dakota, Apache heritage), Amherst College

Kiara Vigil, PhD, is an Associate Professor of American Studies and co-founder of the Native American and Indigenous studies (NAIS) program at Amherst College. Her research interests center on a history of representations of and by Native peoples from the Americas, and in particular concern the turn of the twentieth century moment. Her first book, Indigenous Intellectuals: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and the American Imagination, 1880-1930 (2015, Cambridge University Press), examines the cultural production of four prominent Indian intellectuals: Charles Eastman, Carlos Montezuma, Gertrude Bonnin, and Luther Standing Bear within the shifting social and political milieu of the early twentieth century. She identifies this cohort as part of a wider network of Indian people whose work as writers, activists, and performers demand a re-imagining of American history.


Professor Vigil is working on research and writing for her second book, tentatively titled: Natives in Transit: Indian Entertainment, Urban Life, and Activism, 1930-1970. This project considers how from the earliest days of cinema in the United States to more recent works such as Walt Disney’s “Lone Ranger and Tonto” (2013), filmmakers have attempted to represent America through stories of western conquest and development, which has depended upon Native American actors.


Professor Vigil’s current projects are driven both by archival research and questions related to the production of knowledge by academic fields in the context of their origins, as well as how we might use this knowledge today to rethink the category of “Indian” within American society and culture. She aims to highlight the critical necessity of studying American Indian peoples’ past and present within U.S. history to not only complicate what we think we know but to challenge pervasive narratives that have sought to marginalize or diminish contributions by Indigenous peoples and cultures to the modern world.


In 2021, Professor Vigil was awarded a $300,000 grant as part of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s prestigious New Directions Fellowship. The funding will enable her to learn, practice, and preserve the endangered language of her ancestors, Dakota, and translate a number of Dakota-language papers and publications in Amherst’s extensive Kim-Wait/Eisenberg Native American Literature Collection (KWE Collection).




Astri Dankertsen (Sámi), Nord University

Astri Dankertsen, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Nord University in Bodø, Norway. Professor Dankertsen’s research focuses on Sámi, Indigenous and gender issues, youth, northern/circumpolar communities, urban indigenous communities, reconciliation, identity, postcolonial theory, (de)colonial processes, and culture loss, and theories of affect and emotions. Her work is primarily qualitative, focusing on interviews and participant observation. She has been widely published on various issues related to the Indigenous Sámi people. She is inspired by postcolonial, Indigenous, and feminist theorists such as Judith Butler, Diana Mulinari, Sandra Harding, Donna Haraway, Sara Ahmed, Paul Gilroy, Homi Bhabha, Edward Said, Franz Fanon, Stuart Hall, Rauna Kuokkanen, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, and Chris Andersen.


In January 2022, publisher Berghahn Books released An Urban Future for Sápmi? Indigenous Urbanization in Nordic States and Russia, a collection co-edited by Professor Dankertsen which presents the political and cultural processes that occur within the Indigenous Sámi people of Scandinavia and Russia as they undergo urbanization, and examines how they have retained their sense of history and culture in this new setting.


Professor Dankertsen is currently working on a collaborative project between Nord University, University of Greenland, and Umeå University titled Indigenous homemaking as survivance: Homemaking as cultural resilience to the effects of colonization and assimilation which explores how Sámi and Inuit homemaking as an everyday life practice is a form of cultural resilience after the effects of assimilation, colonization and post-war welfare policies in the Scandinavian countries. She is also a co-researcher on a project, TRiNC: Truth & Reconciliation in the Nordic Countries, which deals with the ongoing and coming Truth/Reconciliation processes in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. The project follows the processes from the early idea and establishment phase, over the works of the commissions proper, to the reactions they may create in the Scandinavian societies.

from Nord University and Danish Institute for International Studies websites




Karyn Recollet (Cree), University of Toronto

Karyn Recollet, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Women & Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. As an urban Cree scholar/artist/and writer, Professor Recollet’s work focuses on relationality and care as both an analytic and technology for Indigenous movement-based forms of inquiry within urban spaces. Professor Recollet works collaboratively with Indigenous dance-makers and scholars to theorize forms of urban glyphing. Professor Recollet is in conversation with dance choreographers, Black and Indigenous futurist thinkers, and Indigenous and Black geographers as ways to theorize and activate futurist, feminist, celestial, and decolonial land-ing relationships with more-than-human kinships, and each other, and has been widely published on these subjects.


In 2019, Professor Recollet carried out a research project titled, When Future Falls are Imminent: The moves and returns of scoop choreography of the fall, where the professor explored the meanings and experiences of choreographies of the fall embodying a set of relationships to land-ing and falling as ways of being in relation with lands, and each other. The project thought alongside Afrofuturist and Indigenous futurist activators to consider “falls” as a way of land-ing into each other in expansive and fully relational ways.

from the University of Toronto and Toronto Biennial of Art websites




Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan (Choctaw), Oklahoma State University

Professor Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Center for Indigenous Health Research and Policy and a Professor of Rural Health at Oklahoma State University. Professor Jernigan identifies ways tribal communities can improve the quality and quantity of healthy food available to their citizens. She was featured in the PBS documentary, Blood Sugar Rising.


Professor Jernigan ties the epidemic of diabetes to “removal to reservations, restriction to reservations, not having access to healthy foods, and over time and over generations seeing more and more Native people develop diabetes,” she told Her solution: “taking back our ability to grow our own foods and really indigenizing our own Nations and making them sustainable.” Professor Jernigan works on studies that show if there are health improvements when Native people have access to better and fresher foods. She is widely published in the subjects of her expertise, including in the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Rural Health, and is meeting with other Native groups to learn about their experiences, including an inspiring trip to MA’O Organic Farm in Wai’anae, Hawai’i.

from diaTribe and PBS websites





Shannon Speed, President, 2019-2020

Tsianina Lomawaima, Treasurer, 2018-2021

Aroha Harris, President, 2018-2019

Brenda Child, President, 2017-2018

Noelani Goodyear-Ka’ōpua, Secretary, 2017-2019

Jace Weaver, President, 2016-2018

Cedric Woods, Treasurer, 2016-2018

Mark Rifkin, President, 2014-2015

David Chang, Secretary, 2012-2016

Chadwick Allen, President, 2013-2014

Tsianina Lomawaima, President, 2012-2013

Kathryn Shanley, President, 2011-2012

Jean O’Brien, President, 2010-2011

Robert Warrior, President, 2009-2010

Maggie Walter, Secretary, 2009-2012

Brendan Hokowhitu, Treasurer, 2009-2012

Bruce Duthu, Treasurer, 2012-2015



Jill Doerfler (White Earth Anishinaabe), 2018-2021

Beth Piatote (Nez Perce), 2018-2021

Troy Storfjell (Sámi), 2017-2020

Chris “Caskey” Russell (Tlingit), 2017-2020

Christine “Tina” Taitano Delisle, 2016-2019

Jean Dennison, 2016-2019

Shannon Speed, 2015-2018

Renae Watchman, 2015-2018

Susan Hill, 2014-2017

Jolan Hsieh, 2014-2017

Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, 2013-2016

Leilani Basham, 2013-2016

Aileen Moreton Robinson, 2012-2015

LeAnne Howe, 2012-2015

Daniel Heath Justice, 2011-2014

Jose Antonio Lucero, 2011-2014

Kimberly Tallbear, 2010-2013

Vince Diaz, 2010-2013

Kehaulani Kauanui, 2009-2012

Noenoe Silva, 2009-2012

Alice TePunga Somerville, 2009-2011

Chris Anderson, 2009-2011

Lisa Brooks, 2009-2010

Rob Innes, 2009-2010