I was born and raised in the Kodiak Archipelago and graduated from S.A.V.E.

II secondary school in Anchorage on the Alaska mainland just before I turned

20 years old. An original shareholder in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement

corporations koniag, inc., and leisnoi, inc., I'm also enrolled in the federally

recognized Tangirnaq native village aka the Woody Island tribe. With pride, I

serve the Alutiiq on the board of directors of the Koniag education foundation,

an organization that promotes the educational goals and economy of the

Koniag Alutiiq and their descendants.

I am an assistant professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah. In 2011-

2012 I held the prestigous postdoctoral fellowship in American Indian Studies at the

University of llinois Urbana Champaign and was the 2017-2018 Katrin H. Lamon

fellowship residential scholar at the School for Advanced Research, in Santa Fe,

New Mexico.  



  • B.A., Double Major in English Literature and Art, Westminster College
  • Certificate in Urban Planning and Theory , Geography Department, University of Utah
  • MA, English Literature , University of Oregon
  • MA, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Partial M.Arch, Architecture , University of Oregon
  • PhD, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley