Mishuana Goeman

Mishuana Goeman



Gender Studies
American Indian Studies IDP
Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Affairs

Office: 2216 Rolfe Hall

Email: goeman@gender.ucla.edu

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Mishuana Goeman, Tonawanda Band of Seneca, is a Professor of Gender Studies, American Indian Studies, and affiliated faculty of Critical Race Studies in the Law School. She is also the inaugural Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Affairs at UCLA. She is the author of Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and the forthcoming Settler Aesthetics and the Spectacle of Originary Moments: Terrence Malick’s the New World (University of Nebraska Press). She is a Co-PI on two community based digital projects, Mapping Indigenous L.A (2015), which gathers alternative maps of resiliency from Indigenous LA communities, and Carrying Our Ancestors Home (2019), a site concentrating on better working tribal relationships and communications as it concerns repatriation and NAGPRA. Book chapters are included in Theorizing Native Studies (Duke University Press, 2014), Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies (Routledge 2016), Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies (2016), Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (Duke University Press, 2017) and a forthcoming chapter in Biopolitics – Geopolitics – Life: Settler-colonialism and Indigenous Presences (Duke University Press). She also publishes widely in peer-reviewed journals, including guest edited volumes on Native Feminisms and Indigenous Performances. In 2020-2021 she will be a Distinguished Visiting Scholar with the Center for Diversity Innovation at the University of Buffalo located in her home territories.


M.A., 2000, Ph.D., 2003 Stanford University, Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford, CA
B.A, Dartmouth College, English Literature and Native American Studies, 1994, Hanover, NH
University College of London, Study Abroad, English Department, Fall and Winter, 1992-1993
T.R.I.B.E.S. Program, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, Summer 1990

Research Interests

Native American Literature
20th Century American Literature
Race and Ethnic Theory

Selected Publications


Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations, University of Minnesota Press, 2013.


Digital Publications

Mapping Indigenous Los Angeles, Co-PI, permanently hosted in social science UCLA, www.mila.ss.ucla.edu, October 12, 2015.

Carrying Our Ancestors Home: Digital Education Project on NAGPRA and Repatriation, Co-PI, hosted in American Indian Studies Center, coah-repat.com, May 1, 2019.


Guest Editor, special issue on “Indigenous Performance:  Upsetting the Terrains of Settler Colonialism.”  American Indian Cultures and Research Journal, 34.5, Fall 2011.

Guest Co-Editor (with Jennifer Denetdale), special issue on “Native Feminisms: Legacies, Interventions, and Indigenous Sovereignties,” Wicazo Sa 24.2, 2009.


Peer Reviewed Articles and Publications

“The Land Introduction: Beyond the Grammar of Settler Landscapes and Apologies,” Western Humanities Review, Fall 2020, 35-65.

“Combahee River Collective Statement: A 40th Anniversary Retrospective,” Invited Contributor, eds. Judy Tzu-Chun Wu and Kristen Koblenz, Frontiers, 38.1, Fall 2017.

“Indigenous Transnational Feminisms,” Co-authored with Hokulani Aikau, Maile Arvin, Mishuana Goeman, Scott Morgensen, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, 36.3, Fall 2015, 84-126.

“Flirtations at the Intersections: Unsettling Liberal Multiculturalism in Helen Lee’s Prey,” Critical Ethnic Studies, 1.1, Spring 2015, 117-144.

“Tools of a Cartographic Poet: Joy Harjo’s Poetry and the (Re)mapping of Settler Colonial Geographies,”  Settler Colonial Studies, 2.2, Summer 2012, 69-88.

“Introduction to Indigenous Performance: Upsetting the Terrains of Settler Colonialism,” Special Guest Editor for American Indian Cultures and Research Journal, 34.5, 2011, 3-18.

“Notes Towards a Native Feminism’s Spatial Practice.” Wicazo Sa 24.2, 2009, 169-187.

(With Jennifer Denetdale), “Introduction: Native Feminisms: Legacies, Interventions, and Indigenous Sovereignties,” Wicazo Sa 24.2 (2009): 9-13.

“From Place to Territories and Back Again: Centering Storied Land in the discussion of Indigenous Nation-building.” International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies 1.1, 2008, 23-34.

“(Re)Mapping Indigenous Presence on the Land in Native Women’s Literature.” American Quarterly 60.1 2008, 295-302.


Book Chapters

“Sovereign Poetics and Possibilities in Indigenous Poetry,” The Cambridge Companion to Twenty-first Century American Poetry, eds. Timothy Yu, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, 2020.

“On-­going Storms and Struggles: Sexual Violence and Resource Exploitation in Solar Storms,” Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, ed. Joanne Barker, Duke University Press, 99-126, 2016.

“Native Foundations and Interventions in Feminist Theory and History,” Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies, eds. Jeanie O’Brien and Chris Anderson, Routledge Press, 2016, 185-194.

“Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality” Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies,” eds. Nicole Fleetwood and Iris van der Tuin, Macmillan Press, 2016, 151-165.

“Land as Life: Unsettling the Logics of Containment” Keywords in Native American Studies, eds. Lani Teves, Michelle Raheja, Andrea Smith, University of Arizona Press, 2015, 71-89. (Updated Reprint)

“Disrupting a Settler Grammar of Place in Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie’s ‘Photographic Memoirs of an Aboriginal Savant’,” in Theorizing Native Studies, eds. Audra Simpson and Andrea Smith, Duke University Press, Spring 2014.

Calhoun, Anne, Goeman, Mishuana, Tsethlikai, Monica. “Chapter 25: Achieving Gender Equity for Native Americans,” in Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity Through Education, eds. Sue S. Klein and Patricia Ortman, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, April 2007: 525-552.


University of Buffalo Distinguished Scholars Fellowship, New York, September 2020-May 20021, $115,000

Thought Leadership Award, Luskin Center for Lighting A Path Forward Workshop, Fall 2019, $12,791

Women’s and Gender Rights as a Globally Contested Arena, Research Member, ZIF Center for

Interdisciplinary Research, 2020-2021, 500,000 €

Institute of American Cultures Research Award for “Carrying Our Ancestors Home: Digital education Project on

NAGPRA and repatriation,” UCLA, 2019-2020, $4179.

Mellon and Clement’s Center Collaboration, Indian Cities, September and April, 2018-2019

Institute of American Cultures Social Justice Award, Carrying Our Ancestors Home, Fall 2018, $1500

UCHRI Collaborative Research Residency Grant, Co-Pi, Words of Wild Survival, Participant, Summer 2018

Research Excellence Award, Dean of Social Science and Center for the Study of Women, 2017-2018, $3000

Social Justice Institute, Institute of American Cultures, 2018, $1500

Interdisciplinary Funding Competition Award for Carrying Our Ancestors Home, Co-PI, $5000

Institute of American Cultures and Center for the Study of Women Research Excellence Award, 2017, $5000

Center for Digital Humanities Award for Mapping Indigenous L.A., 2015, $2,000

UC Humanities Research Institute Engaging Humanities for Mapping Indigenous L.A., $20,036

UC New Racial Studies Research Grant for Mapping Indigenous L.A., 2014-2015, $12,500

Distinguished Alumni Award, Stanford University, 2013

Institute of American Cultures Dream Fund Grant for Mapping Indigenous L.A., Co-PI, 2013, $49,862

Book Honored at American Association of Geography Perspectives on Women 2013

Center for the Study of Women Grant 2012, $2000