curriculum vitae

Education

PhD, Cinema and Studies
The School for Theater, Film, and Television, The University of California Los Angeles
September 2011 to December 2016

  • Dissertation title: “Indigeneity, Institutions of Media Culture, and the Canadian State since 1990”
  • Advisor: Chon A. Noriega

Master of Arts, Cinema Studies
Cinema Studies, The University of Toronto
September 2010 to August 2011

Bachelor of Arts, First Nations Studies
The University of British Columbia
September 2004 to May 2007 

Bachelor of Arts, Art and Culture Studies/Film and Video Studies
School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University
September 1999 to May 2004

Teaching and Research Interests

Indigenous visual/material culture, including film, television, video, and digital media; historical and contemporary Indigenous resistance movements; state theory; transnational Indigenous thought and theory; transnational media theory; national broadcasting; Indigenous broadcasting and communications history; Indigenous film and video history; postcolonial media theory; institutional analysis; national media history and policy.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Journal Articles:

“Screen Text and Institutional Context: Indigenous Film Production and Academic Research Institutions.” NAIS: The Journal of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association 4.1 (2017).

Web-based Publications:

“Anzaldúa and Aztlán.” Mujeres Talk. http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/. December 2014.

Other Publications:

“Why I Interview: Indigenous Research Ethics in Cinema and Media Studies.” K.I.N. Knowledge in Indigenous Networks. https://indigenouskin.wordpress.com/2015/11/28/why-i-interview-indigenous-research-ethics-in-cinema-and-media-studies/. November 2015.

Finding Dawn (2006).” World Film Locations: Vancouver. Walls, Rachel, ed. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2013: p. 86.

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2015 – Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2015 – Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, National Research Council
  • 2014 – Teshome Gabriel Memorial Award, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2014 – Jack K. Sauter Award, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2013 – Graduate Research Mentorship Program Fellowship
  • 2013 – Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program Scholarship
  • 2011 – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2010  – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Scholarship

Conferences

 

“Our Piece of the Pie: The Aboriginal Film and Video Art Alliance and Indigenous Sovereignty In Media Practice”
The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference
Washington, DC
June 2015

“Producing Sovereignty: Indigenous Self-Government In Experimental Video Art”
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
Montreal, Québec
March 2015

“Centering Media Peripheries: Methodological Approaches to Studying Aboriginal Production in Canada”
The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference
Austin, Texas
May 2014

“Beyond Cultural Nationalism: New Approaches to Studying Aboriginal Documentary Film and Television in Canada”
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
Seattle, Washington
March 2014

“Theorizing Institutional Screens in Indigenous Documentary Production: A Case Study of Cry Rock (2010)”
The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
June 2013

“Theorizing Institutional Screens in Indigenous Documentary Production: A Case Study of Cry Rock (2010)”
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
Chicago, Illinois
March 2013 

“Building Solidarity in Documentary Practice: Alanis Obomsawin’s Oka Films”
The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference;
Uncasville, Connecticut
June 2012

“What I Learned in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom”
The 3rd Biennial Conference on Brain Development and Learning: Making Sense of the Science Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
July 2010

“Aboriginal Classroom Climate Issues and Institutional Responses: A Case Study”
The S’tenistolw Conference, Camosun College and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
April 2010

“What I Learned in Class Today:” Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom
The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 2009 

“What I Learned in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom”
13th Annual Conference on Aboriginal Education, First Nations Education Steering Committee
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
November 2007 

Panel moderator, “Finding Dawn: Documentary challenges to the representation of Aboriginal women”
Indigenous Politics/The Media, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
February 2007 

Teaching Activities

Teaching Assistant, American Television History
University of California, Los Angeles
April to June 2015

  • Instructor: Professor John Caldwell
  • Two sections; 20 students

Teaching Assistant, History of the American Motion Picture – The Hollywood Studio System
University of California, Los Angeles
January to March 2013 

  • Instructor: Professor Jonathan Kuntz
  • Two sections; 36 students

Teaching Assistant, History of the American Motion Picture – The Hollywood Studio System
University of California, Los Angeles
September to December 2012

  • Instructor: Jonathan Kuntz
  • Two sections; 36 students

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Visual Culture
University of California, Los Angeles
April to June 2012 

  • Instructor: Kathleen McHugh
  • Two sections; 33 students

Teaching Assistant, Film Cultures I (Art and Industry)
Cinema Studies, University of Toronto
September 2010 to May 2011

  • Instructors: Rob King and James Cahill
  • 40 students

Teaching Assistant, Multimedia Documentation of Oral History and FNLG 448: Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization
University of British Columbia
July 2006

  • Instructors: Linc Kesler and Patricia Shaw
  • 17 students

Teaching Assistant, History and Aesthetics of Cinema
Simon Fraser University
2002 to 2003

  • Lead instructor: Blair Davis
  • 18 students

Teaching Assistant, Issues in the Fine and Performing Arts
Simon Fraser University
2002 to 2003  

  • Instructor: Christine Stoddard
  • 20 students

Related Research and Professional Experience

Assistant Editor, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
June 2013 to December 2015

Assists editor with journal publications; maintains contact with manuscript authors, editors, and peer reviewers; performs administrative and data processing duties.

Coordinator of Aboriginal Initiatives
The Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth, University of British Columbia
December 2009 to July 2010

Worked with teaching assistants and faculty university-wide to develop programming and resources that  support instructor capacity building to work effectively with cross-cultural communications, and in particular Aboriginal issues.

Project Coordinator
First Nations Studies Program, University of British Columbia
August 2008 to October 2009

Responsible for coordinating the logistics and content development for a website project titled Indigenous Foundations.

Project Coordinator and Developer, First Nations Studies Program
University of British Columbia
April 2007 to August 2008

Coordinated the development of a research project titled, What I Learned in Class Today:” Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom. Conducted video-recorded interviews with research participants, edited video materials, and researched and developed resources for a project website.

Coordinator, Elders in Residence Program
First Nations House of Learning, University of British Columbia
November 2007 to May 2008

Responsible for coordinating elders’ visits to and activities at UBC and the Greater Vancouver area. Contacted elders and arranged travel accommodations. Organized class visits, workshops, screenings, public talks, and receptions. Conducted videotaped interviews with elders and edited video materials for publication. Planned and executed logistics, including catering, equipment, locations, and publicity.

Academic Service

Member, search committee for Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning and Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2009/2010

Member, Dean of Arts Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Issues; Faculty of Arts; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2008/2009

Member, faculty search committee; First Nations Studies Program; University of British Columbia; Vancouver, British Columbia, 2006/2007

Member, faculty search committee; First Nations Studies Program; University of British Columbia; Vancouver, British Columbia, 2005/2006

Extracurricular University Service

Member, American Indian Graduate Student Association
University of California, Los Angeles
2012 to present

Blog co-editor, Mediascape
Cinema and Media Studies, The School for Theater, Film, and Television
University of California, Los Angeles
2011 to 2013

Vice-president, Cinema Studies Graduate Student Union
Cinema Studies Program, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2010 to 2011

 

Languages

English – Fluent speaker and writer
French – Intermediate speaker and writer