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Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert
Professor and Department Head

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert is Professor and Head of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. He is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe from the village of Upper Munqapi. Centering his research and teaching on Native American history and the history of the American...
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Georgina Badoni
Ph.D. candidate
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Derwin Begay
FAX: (520) 621-7952
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Waylon Begay
FAX: (520) 621-7952
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Monty Begaye
Native American Student Affairs, Graduate Assistant
TEL: (520) 621-3835
FAX: (520) 621-9880
Office: Robert L. Nugent Bldng., Room 203A

My name is Monty Begaye. I am a member of the Navajo Nation and I come from Tuba City, Arizona. I recently earned my Master of Arts degree from the UA in American Indian Studies with a Higher Education concentration. I also earned my bachelor's degree from the UA in Public Management and Policy...
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Gabriela Bernadett
FAX: (520) 621-7952
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Ben Beshaw
Business Manager
TEL: (520) 621-5030
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 335C
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Mark L.M. Blair

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Melissa Blind
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Michelle Boyer
TEL: 520-591-6835
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Katherine Brooks
TEL: (520) 626-7007
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 306-1
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Jonathan Byrn

Jonathan is currently a PhD student at the University of Arizona in American Indian Studies. He is working at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado as a Visiting Instructor for the 2016-17 school year, writing his dissertation, and working on other publications. 

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John Carbajal M.Ed.
Program Coordinator, Senior
TEL: (520)626-8143
FAX: (520)621-7952
Office: Harvill 218C
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Karletta Chief
Assistant Professor, Environmental Physics/Hydrology
TEL: (702) 501-9515
FAX: (520) 621-1647
Office: Shantz Building (#38) Room 429

Dr. Karletta Chief is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Specialist in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences.  Additional information is available at:...
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Benedict Colombi
TEL: (520) 621-2269
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 237B

Benedict J. Colombi, Ph.D. is Faculty Director of the University of Arizona’s Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) and Associate Professor of American Indian Studies and Affiliate Associate Professor of the School of Anthropology, School of Geography and Development, and School of Natural...
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Stephen Cornell
TEL: (520) 626-4393
FAX: (520) 884-4702
Office: Udall Center

Stephen Cornell joined the university's faculty in 1998. Dr. Cornell is Professor of Sociology and of Public Administration and Policy as well as an affiliate faculty member in AIS. He also serves as Director of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the U of A. Before coming to...
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Christopher Cruz
Academic Advisor
TEL: 520-621-7438
Office: BASC 404
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Vanessa DeCardenas
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Tatiana Degai
FAX: (520) 621-7952
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David H. DeJong
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Vine Deloria, Jr.

Vine Deloria (March 26, 1933–November 13, 2005) throughout his life and works promoted a cohesive understanding of Native American culture and history. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1958, in 1963 he received a Theology degree from the Lutheran School of Theology in Rock Island,...
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PennElys Droz
FAX: (520) 621-7952
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Peter DuBois
TEL: (520) 626-7695
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 312-2
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Ian Khara Ellasante
Ph.D. Candidate

Ian Khara Ellasante is a doctoral candidate in American Indian Studies with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. In his scholarship, he engages the Indigenous peoplehood matrix, a core theoretical construct developed by Indigenous...
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Larry Evers
TEL: (520) 621-3416
FAX: (520) 621-7397
Office: Modern Languages 445

Larry Evers has been at the UA since 1974 and is currently Department Head of English. Professor Evers holds a joint appointment with American Indian Studies. His most recent scholarly work includes a UA Press book, Home Places, and a Journal of the Southwest article, The Elders Truth: A...
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Amy Fatzinger
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
TEL: (520) 621-8440
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 235B

Amy Fatzinger, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in American Indian Studies and affiliate faculty in the Department of English.  She currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for AIS and as the Associate Curator for the University of Arizona's American Indian Film Gallery (...
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T. J. Ferguson
Professor of Practice
TEL: (520) 743-3229
FAX: (520) 621-2088
Office: Haury 408D

T. J. Ferguson owns and operates Anthropological Research LLC, a research company in Tucson, Arizona, where he is also a Professor of Practice in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He was educated at the University of Hawaii at Hilo (BA, 1973), the University of...
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Elizabeth Fletcher
FAX: (520) 621-7952
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Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox
Research Professor/Social Scientist
TEL: (520) 626-4242
Office: Harvill 224
Dr. Fox is Comanche/Cherokee, an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, Research Professor of American Indian Studies (AIS), and affiliate faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) at the University of Arizona (UArizona). She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the...
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Francine Gachupin
TEL: (520) 621-5920
FAX: (520) 621-9802
Office: Native American Research and Training Center
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