Kara Roanhorse is a Ph.D. student in American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She is Diné (Navajo) from Tó’hajiilee, NM. Her maternal family is originally from Chi'chiłtah, NM and her paternal family is from Crystal, NM. Kara graduated with her B.A. from Brown University with honors in Ethnic Studies in 2018, focusing on Indigenous studies and public policy. She is currently teaching Introduction to Southwest Studies.
As a graduate student, Kara is building on her previous honors thesis research on Native youth's experiential knowledge and online/offline resistance by utilizing social media for revolutionary purposes. Kara is interested in Black and Indigenous feminist technoscience, Critical Indigenous studies, restorative justice, Marxism, Internationalism, and Diné (Navajo) studies. Her current research project centers on radical caretaking, the school-to-prison pipeline, and youth movement-building through the lens of queer Indigenous feminist praxis. Kara has been associated with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, Beinecke Scholarship, ICA's Technology of Participation, and the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board.