Directory

Chair

Hamell_Chad


Chair and Assistant Professor
SBS West Building 70, Room 9B
928-523-3849
Chad.Hamill@nau.edu

Chad Hamill (Spokan), PhD (BFA, MFA, California Institute of the Arts, PhD, University of Colorado-2008). Chad Hamill began teaching at NAU in 2007 and specializes in music and sovereignty, music and spirituality and cultural sustainability. His book, Songs of Power and Prayer in the Columbia Plateau explores song as a vehicle for spiritual power among tribes of the interior Northwest. His next book will focus on the untold story of American Indian musicians in the development of jazz. In addition to serving as faculty advisor for Native Americans United at NAU, he serves as Co-Chair of the Commission for Native Americans. 

Faculty

The Applied Indigenous Studies faculty is a Co-PI for a new NIH grant, Center for American Indian Resilience (CAIR). 

Alisse_Ali-Joseph
Assistant Professor
SBS West Building 70, Room 9D
928-523-6118
Alisse.Ail@nau.edu

Alisse Ali-Joseph (Oklahoma Choctaw), PhD (BA, University of California, Davis, MA, PhD, University of Arizona, 2013). Alisse joined the Applied Indigenous Studies family in 2013 and specializes in the importance of sports and physical activity as a vehicle for  empowerment, cultural identity, health and educational attainment for American Indian people. She also focuses on American Indian health and wellness and American Indian education. 

lomayumtewalshii 
Associate Professor
SBS West Building 70, Room 100
928-523-2212
Lomayumtewa.Ishii@nau.edu

Lomayumtewa Ishii (Hopi), PhD, (BS, MS, PhD, Northern Arizona University - 2001) and Chair of the Applied Indigenous Studies Department. He received his appointment in the Applied Indigenous Studies Department at Northern Arizona University in 2004 and specializes in Native American history and historiography, the American West, and borderlands.

KarenJarratSnider 
Assistant Professor
SBS West Building 70, Room 216
928-523-6219
Karen.Jarratt-Snider@nau.edu 

Karen Jarratt-Snider (Mississippi Choctaw), PhD, (BS, MPA, PhD, Northern Arizona University - 2006). She received her appointment in the Applied Indigenous Studies Department at Northern Arizona University in 2008 and specializes in indigenous environmental justice, forestry policy and indigenous people, tribal community participatory research models, federalism-American Indian intergovernmental relations, tribal administration, federal Indian policy and law, and indigenous peoples rights in international law and policy. 

Michael_Lerma
Assistant Professor
SBS West Building 70, Room 214
928-523-5929
Michael.Lerma@nau.edu

Michael Lerma (P'urhépecha), BS, MS, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs & Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University. His recent research has explored the efficacy of traditional Diné (Navajo) institutions of governance. Michael also contributes to research conducted by Diné Policy Institute (DPI). He teaches courses on International Relations, Tribal Government, Native American Politics, and Research Methods. Michael’s research generally advocates for future Native Nation building via consolidation of Indigenous interests and expansion of Native Nation control of norms within the international political economy.

Kerry_Thompson
Assistant Professor
Emerald City Building 98D Rm #101A
928-523-0712
Kerry.Thompson@nau.edu

Kerry Thompson (Navajo), PhD, is an archaeologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. A member of the Navajo Nation, Dr. Thompson’s research interests revolve around indigenous issues in Anthropology and Archaeology. Her dissertation research focused on Navajo cultural persistence in the nineteenth century. Dr. Thompson is also a lithic analyst and has analyzed assemblages in the American Southwest and Peru. Current research interests revolve around the intersection of Anthropology and Archaeology and issues of American Indian identity.

octavianatrujillo  
Professor
SBS West Building 70, Room 212
928-523-8788
Octaviana.Trujillo@nau.edu 

Octaviana Trujillo (Yaqui), PhD, (BA, MA, PhD, Arizona State University - 1991).  Since 2002, she has been part of the Northern Arizona University faculty and specializes in native language policy and literacy development, and American Indian education.

Affiliated Faculty

jeffereyberglund 
Professor, English
Babbitt Academic Annex, Room 319
928-523-9237
Jeffery.Berglund@nau.edu 

Jeffery Berglund, PhD, (BA, Creighton University; MA, Washington University; PhD, Ohio State University - 1996). He has been with Northern Arizona University since 1999 and specializes in Native American literature and American literature. 

Chair and Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice Department
SBS Raul H. Castro Building 65
928-523-6512
Marianne.Nielsen@nau.edu 

Marianne O. Nielsen, PhD, (BA, University of Calgary; MA, PhD University of Alberta - 1993). She has worked at Northern Arizona University since 1993.

deanhowardsmith 
Professor, Economics, College of Business
W.A. Franke College of Business Building 81, Room 304
928-523-7396
Dean.Smith@nau.edu

Dean Howard Smith (Mohawk), PhD, (BS, Clemson University; MS, Oklahoma State University; PhD, Texas A&M University - 1989). Since 1989 he has been part of faculty at Northern Arizona University and teaches under the W.A. Franke College of Business. He specializes in economics, Native American economic development, spatial economics, mathematical economics, public economics, environmental economics, pricing strategies, and energy policy.

michaelvasquez 
Professor, Anthropology
Anthropology Building 98D
928-523-9506
Michael.Vasquez@nau.edu

Michael Vasquez, PhD, (BA University of California- Berkeley; MA, San Francisco State University; MS, PhD, University of California-Davis - 1989). He has been at Northern Arizona University since 1989 with specializations in applied anthropology; indigenous agriculture; cultural ecology; and rural and agricultural development in North and Central America, and the U.S. Southwest.

Traditional Knowledge Scholars

boblomadafkie 
Elder
SBS West Building 70, Room 9E
928-523-5929
Bob.Lomadafkie@nau.edu 

Bob Lomadafkie (Hopi), (BS, Northern Arizona University - 1972). He is a public speaker, teacher, jeweler, and designer. He also is an advocate for Hopi art and community service and has worked for Northern Arizona University since 2006.

 marinaxoccastillodevasquez 
Elder
SBS West Building 70, Room 9C
928-523-5927
Marina.Vasquez@nau.edu

Marina Xoc Castillo de Vasquez  (Mayan), (BA, Northern Arizona University - 1999). She has worked with Northern Arizona University since 2006 and is dedicated to bilingual-multicultural education in the local schools and community service programs. She is also a master basket maker specializing in traditional pine needle baskets.

Staff

SBS West Building 70, Room 100A
928-523-2212
Joelynn.Ashley@nau.edu

Applied Indigenous Studies Front Desk Assistants - Isabella Lam & Miciela Sahner

SBS West Building 70, Suite 100
928-523-6624
AIS@nau.edu