Research Keywords

  • Representation
  • Native American Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Emergent Technologies (Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence)
  • Digital Media
  • Decolonial Participatory Action Research
  • Critical and Cultural Studies


  • Indigenous Communication Methods. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/19/2021.
  • Cordes, A., & Chávez, C. (2021). Decolonizing Practices in the Arctic: Regeneration of Indigenous Languages Within the Commercial Music System, International Communication Association, Virtual. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/2021.
  • Decolonial Constellatory Autoethnographic Mode of Indigenous Archaeology (DCAM). Presentation, Presented, 04/27/2021.
  • Indigenous Cryptocurrency: Finance, Capital, and the Digital Ghosts of Empire. Presentation, Presented, 04/14/2021.
  • Cordes, A. Challenging Settler Colonial Stories with Digital Data, Archaeology, and Communication. UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/19/2021.
  • Cordes, A. (2021) Revisiting Stories and Voices of the Rogue River War. Oregon State University Lecture Series. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/12/2021.
  • Cordes, A. Resistance Artificial Intelligence at Neural Information Processing System (NeurIPS). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/11/2020.
  • Cordes, A. Mascot Controversy: Native American Representation in Sports. Florida Atlantic University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/17/2020.
  • Brown Bag on Indigenous Futurisms, University of Utah, Department of Communication. Other, Presented, 03/03/2020.
  • Cordes, A. (2020). Theories of Postcolonialism, Decolonization, and Race, presented at Dissoi Logoi, Rhetorical Society of America. Salt Lake City, UT. Presentation, Presented, 02/26/2020.
  • Cordes, A. (2019). Unsettling Settler Origin Stories: Educational Refusal and Communication of Indigenous Survivance, National Communication Association, Baltimore, Maryland, November 14-17. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/14/2019.
  • Cordes, A. (2019). From the Gold Rush to the Code Rush, presented at Native Series, University of Oregon. Eugene, Oregon. Presentation, Presented, 05/03/2019.
  • Cordes, A. (2019). #Donttrendonme: Millennial Coachella Appropriation on Instagram, The International Academic Forum, Tokyo, Japan, March 29-31, 2019. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/30/2019.

Research Groups

  • CHoRUS (Patient-Focused Collaborative Repository Uniting Standards for Equitable AI) , Other. 07/08/2020 - present.
  • Women Writing Race, Research Professor. Led by Hokulani Aikau. 08/2019 - 06/2021.
  • Indigenous Protocols Artificial Intelligence Working Group, Research Professor. 05/2019 - present. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: CIFAR funding.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Canada
    Indigenous communities in what is now referred to as Canada.
  • Ghana
    Accra, Ghana (Media in Ghana Program in Summer 2015) Helped oversee 20 undergraduate students and to assist in producing a non-profit campaign in public maternal health. Research in Ghana: Chávez, C., & Cordes, A. (2017). Selling subversion: An African City and the promise of online television. Television and New Media, 19(3), 191-207. DOI:10.1177/1527476417712458.
  • India
  • United States of America
    Indigenous Nations in what is now referred to as the US.


  • Cordes, Ashley (2021). Storying on the Coquille River: A digital humanities approach to human and non-human communication and prevention of the fall Chinook salmon extinction. [Website/Blog] URL Accepted, 11/11/2021.
  • Cordes, Ashley (2021). Indigenous music and the question of authenticity. In Media Res. Accepted, 09/22/2021.
  • Cordes, Ashley (2021). Revisiting stories and voices of the Rogue River War (1853-1856): A digital constellatory autoethnographic mode of Indigenous archaeology. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies. Vol. 21(1), 56-69. Published, 07/2021.
  • Cordes, Ashley (2021). Indigenous cryptocurrency: Finance, capital, and the digital ghosts of empire. [Website/Blog] URL Published, 04/12/2021.
  • Kvidal-Røvik, Trine & Cordes, Ashley (2020). Into the unknown [Amas Mu Vuordá]? Listening to Indigenous voices on the meanings of Disney’s Frozen 2 [Jikŋon 2]. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. Vol. 15(1), 17-35. Published, 12/02/2020.
  • Cordes, Ashley & Sabzalian, Leilani (2020). The urgent need for anticolonial media literacy. International Journal of Multicultural Education. Vol. 21(2), 182-201. Published, 09/01/2020.
  • Kronk Warner, E & Comer, A., Cordes, A. Dell, A., Menlove, B., Ned, D., Projansky, S., Sepulveda, C., Smoak, G., Villarreal, M. (2020). University of Utah land acknowledgement statement . University of Utah. Published, 09/2020.
  • Cordes, Ashley (2020). Meeting place: Bringing Native feminisms to bear on borders of cyberspace. Feminist Media Studies. Published, 01/30/2020.
  • Cordes, Ashley (2020). Envisioning the artificial: Technology, time, and Indigenizing the future of AI. (pp. 137-141). Vol. 1(1). The Initiative for Indigenous Futures and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). Published, 01/30/2020.
  • Lewis, Jason, Abdilla, Angie, Arista, Noelani, Baker Kaipulaumakaniolono, Benesiinaabandan, Scott, Brown, Michelle & Cordes, Ashley, et. al (2020). Introduction and Guidelines for Indigenous-Centered AI Design V.I. (pp. 3-26). Vol. 1(1). Initiative for Indigenous Futures and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). Published, 01/30/2020.
  • Cordes, Ashley (2020). Gifts of dentalium and fire: Entwining trust and care with AI. (pp. 58-68). Vol. 1(1). The Initiative for Indigenous Futures and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). Published, 01/30/2020.
  • Cordes, Ashley (2019). From the Gold Rush to the cryptocurrency code rush?: Communication of alternative currency for Native American communities (1853-2014) . (pp. 304). Dissertation Proquest. Published, 09/18/2019.
  • Cordes, Ashley & Merskin, Debra (2019). #DontTrendOnMe: Addressing appropriation of Native American-ness in millennial social media. (pp. 177-197). Lexington. Published, 08/15/2019.
  • Cordes, Ashley (2019). ‘Aa-bv-lus ‘aa-t’e’s. Shu’ ‘al-srvn, shu’ ‘aa-ghvl-nvsh. Luminaire Press. Published, 07/08/2019.
  • Cordes, Ashley (2019). Tr’e-ghes-tr’i’, tr’aa-xe tr’e-svt-te. Tr’aa- xe lhaa-ni tr’vt-t’i. Luminaire Press. Published, 07/08/2019.