About Me

I am an associate professor with the program in Justice and Social Inquiry through the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University.

I'm from the border, having grown up between Mesilla, New Mexico, and Tucson, Arizona.

I am at heart a writer, and completed a B.A. in Creative Writing through the University of Arizona. I knew that by sharing stories--over kitchen tables, in family rooms, while working outside--my friends and relatives in Tucson and Mesilla had a way of overcoming--de sobrevivir--all manner of travails, as well as passing along sacred and secret histories.

In 2000, I received a masters degree in library and information science from the Catholic University of America. I worked as a librarian for a number of years, always with the goal of serving Native and Spanish-speaking communities.

In 2008 I became a fellow through the IMLS Washington Doctoral Initiative, a program that supports minority librarians to obtain doctoral degrees through the Information School at the University of Washington. While at the University of Washington I met like-minded scientists, and we founded the Indigenous Information Research Group, a team of Native and Indigenous doctoral-level researchers with an interest in understanding phenomena of information, knowledge, and technology in Native and Indigenous contexts. The individuals in our team have extensively researched a range of phenomena, from intellectual property to library services, from militarization to broadband access, always layering in deep respect for processes of self-determination and decolonization. Our efforts formed the basis of the iSchool's 2018 strategic initiative to pursue Native North American Indigenous Knowledge as a distinguishing research area. Though the NNAIK endeavour is no longer a primary focus at the UW iSchool, I continue to collaborate with the original members of IIRG, and now serve as a member of the iNative Research Group.

I now teach courses in Indigenous methodologies and learning technologies for Native Education through the ASU Center for Indian Education masters degree program in Indigenous education. I teach a course in Justice Theory for undergraduates through the School of Social Transformation. I advise graduate students who research topics related to social justice and science, technology, and society studies (STS). I craft research projects that advance STS and Internet studies, and that also address the wellbeing of the many peoples of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, including the wellbeing of my peoples, the people of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Yaqui peoples of Sonora, Mexico.

Affiliations

iNative Research Group

Association of Internet Researchers

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Washington Doctoral Initiative at the University of Washington