Staff

Rae Gould, PhD (Nipmuc Nation)

  • Associate Director, Native American and Indigenous Studies | [email protected] | Phone: (401) 863-5972
  • Dr. Gould joined NAISI in 2019 as Associate Director. Her primary responsibilities include oversight of developing an undergraduate concentration in Native American and Indigenous Studies, programming to support and supplement academic developments, and tribal outreach. She also collaborates with centers, departments and offices across the campus, and at other institutions, on academic programming and engagement, in addition to contributing to increased engagement with and support for undergraduate and graduate students. Her research and publishing focus on Southern New England Native American history and culture in the 400 years since European contact, with additional expertise in Indigenous cultural landscapes, federal acknowledgement, NAGPRA and Section 106.

Makana Kushi​ (Kanaka Maoli)

  • Program Coordinator, Native American and Indigenous Studies | [email protected] | Phone: (401) 863-3693
  • As the NAISI program coordinator, Makana's main roles are community-focused programming and undergraduate and graduate student engagement. Contact her if you have questions about our weekly "open hours," connecting students to NAISI resources, or collaboration on Native and Native Studies-focused community building events on Brown's campus. In addition to working for NAISI, Makana is a 2nd year PhD student in Brown's American Studies program.

Sara Wintz​​

  • Administrative Coordinator, Native American and Indigenous Studies | [email protected] | Phone: (401) 863-5246
  • As NAISI's administrative coordinator, Sara's main role is communications and administrative oversight. Contact her if you have questions about event logistics (i.e. domestic/international travel, lodging, catering, media services) or financial transactions (i.e. honorariums, reimbursement, co-sponsorship funds). In addition to working for NAISI, Sara is the administrative coordinator for the Program in Early Cultures at Brown and a freelance journalist


Rae Kuruhara (Kanaka Maoli)

  • Outreach Coordinator and Public Humanities Fellow, Native American and Indigenous Studies | [email protected]
  • As the NAISI communications coordinator, Rae's main roles include social media upkeep and community outreach. Contact them if you have ideas for social media posts or if you have questions about collaborations with Public Humanities. Rae is a 1st year MA student in Brown's Public Humanities program and an associate at the Writing Center.

VIRTUAL ZOOM OPEN HOURS - Spring 2020:​ 

Mondays 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT or email [email protected] for a zoom appointment. We are working from home right now due to COVID-19, so please note that we are not available at our office phone numbers listed above at the moment.