Graduate Students

Brown University does not currently offer a graduate degree or certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies. However, NAISI provides professional, academic development, and community-building opportunities for Native American and Indigenous graduate students and graduate students working in the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies. These opportunities include support to attend the NAISA annual meeting and/or other discipline-specific conferences, symposia, workshops and similar gatherings to present on or engage in Native American and Indigenous Studies.

Mark Agostini

PhD Candidate, Anthropological Archaeology Program, Department of Anthropology

Lewis and Clark Field Scholar (American Philosophical Society), Haffenreffer Museum Proctor

Research Interests: Ancestral Pueblo archaeology; Ceramic analysis; Tribal Sovereignty; Repatriation

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Allison Arteaga Argumedo (Quechua Peruvian)

MFA student, Department of Literary Arts

Research Interests: Allison is interested in the legality of migration and the legitimacy of international human rights, peace accords and humanitarian-related neocolonialism in the Global South, and wartime realities.

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Chase Bryer (Chickasaw Nation)

PhD Student, School of Behavioral and Social Health Sciences (School of Public Health)

Research Interests: Using community-based participatory methods to improve health outcomes among Indigenous LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit communities. Chase holds an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA in Human Rights and Media from the University of Oklahoma.

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Kimonee M. Burke (Narragansett)

PhD Student, Department of History

Research Interests: Native American and Indigenous Studies, Northeastern Native History, Federal Acknowledgment Policy

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Harper Dine

PhD student, Department of Anthropology

Research Interests: I'm an anthropological archaeologist working in the northern Maya lowlands (Yucatán), and I'm broadly interested in food security/food sovereignty, political economy, and people-plant relations. My research involves the use of paleoethnobotanical and archaeological methods to examine local household food production and consumption in the context of grand-scale political and economic change across the landscape of the Yaxuna-Coba region in the Classic period (250-900 AD). 

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Dan W. Everton 

MA Student, Public Humanities

Research Interests: As a historian and archaeologist, I work within cultural heritage institutions to decolonize and instill ethics in collection management and repatriation. My research includes NAGPRA, global repatriation issues, and human remains.

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Luiz Paulo Ferraz

PhD Student, Department of History

Research Interests: The struggles for Indigenous rights and environmental protection in Brazil, exploring the interconnection of Indigenous and environmental history during the military dictatorship (1964-1985) and its aftermath. By historicizing Brazil's Indigenous peoples' mobilizations, discourses, networks, and strategies, this research hopes to reassess the role of the Indigenous movements in debates and struggles regarding environmental protection and Indigenous rights from a national and transnational perspective.

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Cooro Harris (Cherokee)

PhD student, Department of Chemistry

Research Interests: The green conversion of CO2 to value-added products by using heterogeneous catalysis under mild conditions.

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Makana Kushi (Kanaka Maoli)

PhD Student, Department of American Studies

Research Interests: Makana's dissertation research is about the multiethnic and Indigenous history of East Hawai'i Island in the early 20th century. She researches and teaches in ethnic studies, history, Indigenous education, and language revitalization. 

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Phoebe Labat

PhD Student, Department of History

Research Interests: Native American and First Nations history; Indigenous knowledge and spirituality; French and English Atlantic history; Environmental history

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Ally LaForge

PhD Candidate, Department of American Studies

Research Interests: Native American and Indigenous Studies; Histories of the Native Northeast; Decolonizing Methodologies; Public Humanities; Material Culture

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Michelle Motley (Tohono O'odham)

MA student, DSI (Data Science Initiative)

Research Interests: Undergraduate focus was ENVS (environmental science) and EEPS (earth environmental and planetary sciences); master's studies focus on the DSI (data science initiative). Tohono O'odham, a part of the Pisinemo district. Graduate-level focuses on analyzing data for the purpose of understanding and predicting climate change to then formulate mitigation plans in response.

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Victor Naranjo 

PhD Student, Department of History

Research Interests: Interrogating the role of the Global Cold War in shaping the militarization of environments and people in the Arctic and Circumpolar region. This research also looks at the agency of Indigenous peoples in the Arctic as American and (non American) influence expanded northward during the 20th century and how they protested and responded to growing environmental change.

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Dominique Pablito (Zuni, Navajo, Comanche)

PhD Student, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry

Research Interests: Cancer Biology, Native American Health, Healthcare in Underserved Rural Populations

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