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. Those opportunities include support applying for the NAISA annual meeting and other Native American and Indigenous Studies-related conferences, workshops in NAIS topics, and more. Click here to see our informational flyer for Brown graduate students interested in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Contact Program Coordinator Makana Kushi at [email protected] for more information about NAISI resources for graduate students.

Mark Agostini

  • PhD Candidate (5th Year), 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
  • [email protected]
  • brown.academia.edu/MarkRAgostini

Kodi Alvord (Diné)

  • Medical Student (3rd Year), Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University
  • Research Interests: Native American health, Native Hawaiian health, traditional medicine, historical trauma
  • [email protected]

Felicia Bartley (Pueblo of Isleta (Teu-I))

  • MA Student (1st Year), Public Humanities Program
  • Public Humanities Fellow for Native American and Indigenous Studies, 2020-2022
  • Research Interests: Pueblo Cultural Centers; Pueblo histories; Native North American contemporary fashion design; contemporary Indigenous art
  • [email protected]

Kimonee M. Burke (Narragansett)

  • PhD Student (1st Year), Department of History
  • Research Interests: Native American and Indigenous Studies, Northeastern Native History, Federal Acknowledgment Policy
  • [email protected]

Courtney Choy

  • PhD Candidate (4th Year), Department of Epidemiology
  • Research Locations: Pacific Island Nations (Samoa), American Samoa, New Zealand, and Hawai'i
  • Research Interests: Lifecourse epidemiology, Cardiometabolic non-communicable diseases, Human Growth/Development, Public Health Policy/Interventions, Longitudinal and Multilevel Modelling; and Pacific Islander health
  • [email protected]

Luiz Paulo Ferraz

  • PhD Student (2nd Year), Department of History
  • Research Interests: Indigenous history in Colonial and Modern Latin America with a focus on Indigenous struggles for rights, land, and the state recognition of indigenous identity in the Brazilian northeast during the military dictatorship (1964 - 1985).
  • [email protected]

Gregory Hitch

  • PhD Candidate (5th Year), Department of American Studies
  • Research Interests: Environmental History and Ethnography, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Climate Change, Science and Technology Studies, and Critical Environmental Justice
  • [email protected]
  • Website: https://gregoryhitch.com/

Rae Kuruhara (Kanaka Maoli)

  • MA Student (2nd Year), Public Humanities Program
  • Public Humanities Fellow for Native American and Indigenous Studies, 2019-2021
  • [email protected]

Makana Kushi (Kanaka Maoli)

  • PhD Student (3rd Year), Department of American Studies
  • Program Coordinator of Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown
  • Research Interests: Native American and Indigenous Studies; Comparative Ethnic Studies; Native Pacific Cultural Studies; Story-Telling and Auto-Ethnography; Race in Hawai'i
  • [email protected]

Phoebe Labat

  • PhD Student (1st Year), Department of History
  • Research Interests: Native American and First Nations history; Indigenous knowledge and spirituality; French and English Atlantic history; Environmental history
  • [email protected]

Ally LaForge

  • PhD Student (3rd Year), Department of American Studies
  • Research Interests: Native American and Indigenous Studies; Histories of the Native Northeast; Decolonizing Methodologies; Public Humanities; Material Culture
  • [email protected]

Breylan Martin (Tlingit, T'akdeintaan)

  • MA Student (2nd Year), Public Humanities Program
  • Public Humanities Fellow for the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, 2019-2021
  • [email protected]

Daniel Motley (Tohono O'odham)

  • MA Student (1st Year), Public Affairs at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
  • Research Interests: International relations, national security and tribal policy
  • [email protected]

Larissa Nez (Diné)

  • MA Student (1st Year), Public Humanities​
  • Curatorial Fellow with the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, 2020-2021
  • Research Interests: Native modern and contemporary art, cultural heritage, language revitalization, Native curatorial practices, Diné (Navajo) studies, repatriation, traditional [ecological] knowledge, [tribal] critical race theory, and public health
  • Website

Dominique Pablito (Zuni, Navajo, Comanche)

  • PhD Student (1st Year), Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry
  • Research Interests: Cancer Biology, Native American Health, Healthcare in Underserved Rural Populations
  • [email protected]

Alexandra M. Peck

  • Ph.D. Candidate (6th Year), Department of Anthropology; Graduate Certificate in Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University '17; MA, Anthropology at Brown University; BA, Cultural Anthropology at Seattle University '15
  • Research Regions: Native America [Northwestern United States (Coast Salish, Wakashan, and Alaskan Tribes), Northeastern United States (New England Tribes)]
  • Research Interests: Material culture studies, museums, cultural adaptation/exchange, placemaking/place claiming, landscape/geography, monuments/memorials, Native-White relations, “mixed” communities, settler colonialism, historical archaeology
  • [email protected]

Nicole Sintetos

Miranda Worl (Tlingit-Kaagwaantaan (Eagle-Wolf Clan))

  • MA Student (1st Year), Public Humanities​
  • Research Interests: Indigenous education, through the museum field and cultural heritage institutions/organizations.
  • [email protected]