As noted on the Home page, I'm Euskaldun (Basque, Iparralde region). My ancestral and ongoing land and waters are Lapurdi, in the Biarrtitz/Miarritz area. My paternal family is Northern German. I grew up on Wampanoag territories around Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod, MA, and have studied on Kanaka Maoli lands and waters around Honolulu, HI.


Currently at Dartmouth College, I center relational commitments – as complex as they can be - to human and nonhuman kin, and center BIPoC feminist theory and praxis in my teaching and research. 


My areas of focus are noted below, in late summer 2020 I will defend my doctoral dissertation in in the areas of Indigenous Politics and Futures Studies from the Political Science Department at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, titled (Re)Coding Survivance:

Relation-Oriented Ontologies of Indigenous Digital Media.

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Indigenous and Aboriginal Digital Media

Researching theoretical and material interventions 

2019 - 2021

Dartmouth College

Eastman Fellow, Native American Studies

Global Indigenous and Aboriginal studies

Tracing and attenuating to where and how these are engaged in political and social contexts.

Oceanic Relations

How do we define and return to roots and routes within coastal communties?

"No Wave" Feminisms and Queer Praxis

Centering Black and Indigenous scholars engaging in feminist and queer solidarity building and support networks

2013 - 2020

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 

Masters and PhD in Political Science with a focus on Indigenous Politics and Futures Studies

2011 - 2013

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 

Masters in French Literature with a focus on Oceania Indigenous Literature