Beth Piatote

Beth Piatote (Nez Perce enrolled at Colville) is associate professor of Native American Studies and affiliated faculty in the department of linguistics and the American Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include Native American/Aboriginal literature and law, history, and culture; Nez Perce language and literature; and creative writing. Originally from Idaho, she earned her PhD in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University. She is author of Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature (Yale 2013), and co-editor (with Chadwick Allen) of The Society of American Indians and Its Legacies, a joint special issue of SAIL and AIQ (2013), as well as numerous essays and short stories in journals and anthologies. Her current monograph focuses on indigenous law and its animation through language, literature, and the senses.


Candidate Statement: I am honored to stand for election to the NAISA council. In this role, I would fulfill my responsibilities with respect and care, and I would promote, to the extent possible and appropriate, the role of scholars in supporting urgent projects such as indigenous language revitalization, which is of particular significance to me. I am committed to producing historically grounded, accessible interdisciplinary scholarship and mentoring/supporting others. My hope for NAISA is that it can be a welcoming organization that supports research in nascent and developed phases, and that NAISA would embody the values of generosity and responsibility toward others that are hallmarks of indigenous societies.


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