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Robert Hershey
Professor Emeritus
TEL: (520) 621-5677
FAX: (520) 621-9140
Office: Rountree Hall 207

Robert A. Hershey, an attorney who specializes in indigenous human rights, holds an Adjunct Professor of Law position with a joint appointment in AIS. He is also Director of the Tribal Law Clinic. Professor Hershey's most recent scholarly work focuses on economic development in Indian...
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Joseph Hiller

Joseph G. Hiller (Lakota) is the former Head of the American Indian Studies Program. He was also Assistant Dean for American Indian Programs, Associate Director of the Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station, and Assistant Director of Arizona Cooperative Extension -- all in the College of...
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Danielle Hiraldo
FAX: (520) 621-7952
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Tom Holm
TEL: (520) 621-7108
Office: Harvill 218

Tom Holm (Creek/Cherokee) came to The University of Arizona in 1980 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1986 and to Full Professor in 1995. In 1982 Professor Holm, Robert K. Thomas, Larry Evers, Vine Deloria, Jr.,...
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James Hopkins
TEL: (520) 621-7669
Office: Rountree Hall 261

James Hopkins (Algonquin/Metis) is the Director and Associate Clinical Professor of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program; Professor Hopkins is Algonquin/Metis from Quebec and he received his B.A.(1993) and LL.B. (1996) from the University of Toronto. He is a former law clerk to...
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Dean Jarrett
Fulbright Fellow
TEL: 5204253520
Office: Harvill 237C

Dean Jarrett, PhD Candidate based at the University of Technology, Sydney’s Business School in Australia, is an Indigenous man (Gumbaynggirr) who is well into his PhD studies. His research work is comparatively considering trends in supplier diversity for Indigenous Australian and Native...
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Shyla Joe
FAX: (520) 621-7952
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Jennie Joe

Jennie Joe (Navajo) is a professor in Department of Family and Community Medicine in the College of Medicine (DFCM) and is also on faculty in the American Indian Studies. Professor Joe also is the Director of the Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC). In addition to a number...
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Kelsey Dayle John
Assistant Professor
Office: 214A

Kelsey Dayle John (Diné) is a Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in American Indian Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies. Her work is centered on animal relationalities, particularly horse/human relationships as ways of knowing, healing, and decolonizing education. Alongside her...
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Miriam Jorgensen
Research Scientist

Miriam is Research Director for the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona and for its sister program, the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. Her areas of specialty are Indigenous governance and economic development, with a...
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Alexis Kopkowski
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Marinella Lentis
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Larea Lewis
PhD Candidate

Larea Lewis is a tribal member of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians from Palm Springs, CA. Her interests are in protecting and preserving cultural resources and landscapes, as well as learning and revitalizing the tribe’s cultural heritage. Currently, she serves as Chairwoman of the...
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Heather Hyealim Lim

Reserach Interest: American Indian Visual Art - Contemporary & Traditional; American Indian Fashion and Aesthetics; Yellowstone Area Indians; Traditional Ecological Knowledge; Indigenous Philosophy and Religion.

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Susan Lobo
Scholar in Residence

Susan Lobo specializes in community-based work and research in rural and urban Native communities in the United States and Latin America.  She currently lives and works much of the year in Uruguay.  Her books include the text "Native American Voices".  "The sweet smell of home: the life and art...
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Bojan Louis
Assistant Professor
Office: 235A

BOJAN LOUIS (Diné) is the author of the poetry collection Currents (BkMk Press 2017), which received a 2018 American Book Award, and the nonfiction chapbook Troubleshooting Silence in Arizona (The Guillotine Series 2012). His fiction has appeared in...
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Eileen Luna Firebaugh
Professor Emeritus
TEL: (520) 621-2262

Eileen Luna-Firebaugh (Choctaw/Cherokee; MPA, 1996, Harvard University/JD, 1978, Peoples College of Law) joined the University of Arizona American Indian Studies faculty in fall 1996. She is an Associate Professor of American Indian law and policy.  Her most recent publications focus on...
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Sunny Lybarger
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Robert Martin

Dr. Bob Martin came to AIS from Haskell Indian Nations University where he served as President since 1989, although his tenure there began in 1978 as a Professor of sociology.  With a background in sociology and education curriculum and instruction, Dr. Martin has taught at Bluefield State...
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Barbara Mills
TEL: (520) 621-9671
FAX: (520) 621-2088
Office: Haury 408D

Barbara J. Mills is Professor of Anthropology and an interdisciplinary faculty member with AIS. She has been teaching at the University of Arizona since 1991, following two years on the faculty at Northern Arizona University. From 1993-2004 she directed the University of Arizona...
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N. Scott Momaday

Navarre Scott Momaday (February 27, 1934 - ) was born in Lawton, Oklahoma. When he was 1 year old, his parents moved from the Kiowa Indian reservation to Arizona. He graduated from the University of New Mexico, and continued on to Stanford University, where he received a poetry fellowship for...
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Teresa Moreno
PhD Student, American Indian Studies; Associate Conservator, Arizona State Museum
Office: Arizona State Museum, Conservation Lab, Rm 125B
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Adam Murry
Adjunct Faculty

Adam Murry (Apache), PhD in industrial-organizational psychology, is currently an instructor of AIS 448: Producing and assessing social research in Indian communities, and a research associate at the Sonoran University Center of Excellence for Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) working on a...
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Sheilah Nicholas
TEL: (520) 621-1311
FAX: (520) 621-1853
Office: Education 521

Sheilah Nicholas, Hopi, is of the Sunforehead Clan from the Village of Songoopavi on Second Mesa, the Hopi Reservation. She is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education, Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies (TLSS), Language, Reading and Culture (LRC) Program...
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Sean O'Meara
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Lisa S. Palacios

*Current PhD Candidate in the School of Anthropology at The University of Arizona*


I am Tohono O’odham from the village of South Komelic. I study connections between the Hohokam and Tohono O’odham through archaeology. 


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Nancy Parezo
Professor Emeritus
TEL: (520) 626-4057

Nancy Parezo has been teaching at the University of Arizona since 1982. She officially joined the American Indian Studies faculty in 1998 as a tenured Professor with a shared appointment in the Arizona State Museum (ASM). She is also an affiliated professor in Anthropology and a Research...
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April Petillo
TEL: (520) 626-9110
FAX: (520) 621-7652
Office: Harvill 308-2
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Kari Quiballo
American Indian Studies PhD Candidate/Graduate Teaching Assistant/Graduate Research Assistant

Kari Quiballo is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) in American Indian Studies with a minor in Information while also seeking a second master's in Indigenous Governance from the James E. Rogers College of Law Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program . She has recently completed a Research...
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Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan
PhD Candidate and Faculty at Tohono O'odham Community College

Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan is Tohono O'odham and from the San Xavier District. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in American Indian Studies with a minor in Journalism. She serves as faculty within the Tohono O'odham Studies Program at Tohono O'odham Community College. Jacelle teaches Tohono O'...
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