Kara Roanhorse

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Kara Roanhorse is a Ph.D. student in American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She is Diné (Navajo) from Tó’hajiilee, 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 teaches the courses: Introduction to Southwest Studies and Indigenous film. As a graduate student, Kara is building on her previous honors thesis research on Native youth's experiential knowledge, feminist technoscience, and online/offline resistance by way of utilizing social media for revolutionary purposes. Kara is interested in the intersections of Black and Indigenous feminisms, Critical Indigenous studies centering Native youth, U.S. empire and anti-imperialism, and Diné (Navajo) studies. Her current research project focuses on radical caretaking as movement and memory, the school-to-prison pipeline, and youth movement-building through the lens of queer Indigenous feminist pedagogies and praxis. Kara is a Glenda Lewis Critical Scholar and previously received the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and Beinecke Scholarship. She also works part-time with Native youth at the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Southwest Studies
  • Indigenous Film