The staff members listed below work for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative at Brown. Find them at the NAISI offices at 67 George St. during the academic year.  (See the Affiliated Staff page for additional staff from offices and departments across Brown’s campus who work closely with NAISI.)


Rae Gould, PhD (Nipmuc Nation)

  • Associate Director, Native American and Indigenous Studies | [email protected] | Phone: (401) 863-5972
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, American Studies 
  • 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. Rae Gould research profile.

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

  • John Hay Library Fellow and 2020-2022 Public Humanities Fellow, Native American and Indigenous Studies | [email protected]
  • Felicia is the graduate student fellow at the John Hay Library; her interests include exploring how Pueblo cultural centers, museums and ecomuseums contribute to the well-being of their respective communities and citizens through their programs, exhibitions, and systems of teaching. She is a 1st year MA student in Brown's Public Humanities Program.

Karen Craddock (Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah)

  • Tribal Community Member in Residence | [email protected]
  • Dr. Karen Craddock's Open Hours are Tuesdays 4-6pm (drop-in) and Thursdays 10-12pm (by appt). 
  • This inaugural position is focused on providing cultural, academic and psycho-social support and mentoring for Native American and Indigenous students on campus, and enriching the campus community through knowledge sharing. The TCMR position will also help to support the broader NAISI community on campus (NAIS students, staff and faculty) by helping to expand engagement with students and serve in an advisory role for faculty on critical topics such as how to deepen representation of Native and Indigenous peoples and cultures and include Indigenous epistemologies within our developing Native American and Indigenous Studies curriculum. Read the announcement here.

Rae Kuruhara (Kanaka Maoli)

  • Communications Coordinator and 2019-2021 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 2nd year MA student in Brown's Public Humanities program and an associate at the Writing Center.


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 3rd year PhD student in Brown's American Studies program.

Sara Wintz​​

  • Administrative Coordinator, Native American and Indigenous Studies | [email protected] 
  • 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 arts and culture journalist