4034 Smith Laboratory
174 W. 18th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
Areas of Expertise
- American Indian identities, cultures, activism, and religious traditions
- Authority and relevance of oral traditions
- Religion in the United States
I am a doctoral student in cultural anthropology and have worked in American Indian communities since 2014. As a member of the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance (AIHREA), I developed my interests in contemporary American Indian identity, religious expression, and activism. During my master’s research, I focused on the importance of Lakota oral and religious traditions in resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline for water protectors from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. I plan to focus on the use of resistance rides (such as the Dakota 38+2 and Bigfoot Memorial Rides) in contemporary Lakota activism for my dissertation research. I continue to work with AIHREA as their social media coordinator as well as co-hosting the podcast Religiously Literate, a podcast exploring religious expression around the world.