The mission of the American Indian Studies Department is to educate, inspire, and prepare students for engaged careers and/or graduate school and to be an educational hub and site for community participation and learning focused on the Indigenous peoples of the northern Americas.



Joanne Barker, Professor and Chair


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Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies


Job no: 504944
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

The position is in the Department of American Indian Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. The department was created in 1969 along with the College. The mission of the department is to educate, inspire, and prepare students for engaged careers and/or graduate school and to be an educational hub and site for community participation and learning focused on the Indigenous peoples of the northern Americas.

We are looking for someone who can complement existing strengths in anthropology, history, music, law, and gender/sexuality studies. We are especially interested in someone with research, publishing, and teaching expertise in climate/environmental justice, public health, or literatures including speculative fiction. A sub-area of specialization in Native California would be of special interest.


SFSU Careers: Job Description, Application Link, Further Information (link here)


Chronicles of Higher Education: Job Description, Application Link, Further Information (link here)

Johnet Scholarship for Native Americans

Fall 2021 Recipients


Destiny Tetoff

Major in Criminal Justice (First Year)

Aleut (Alaska Native)


Cathleen Manuel

MA in Ethnic Studies

Modoc-Pit River/Northern Coastal Pomo/Marin Miwok/Southern Coast Pomo


Jacob Adams

ED.D. Student

Enrolled Member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and descendant of Skokomish Nation and Squaxin Island Tribe


Cash Martinez

Major in Journalism

Southern Pomo (Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria)


Lindsey Backman

Major in Biology



NEW PUBLICATION: Roger J. Kuhn, “Sexual Sovereignty and Erotic Survivance: Two-Spirit Sexual Health and Vitality: An Intersectional Approach to Sex Therapy.” In Centering the Lives of Indigenous, Racialized, and People of Color. Reece M. Malone, Marla Renee Stewart, Mariotta Gary-Smith, and James C. Wadley, eds. (Routledge, 2022).


NEW PUBLICATION: Joanne Barker, “Sovereignty,” in Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studies. The Keywords Feminist Editorial Collective, eds. (NYU Press, November 21, 2021).


Call for Temporary Non-Tenure Track Faculty Pool, 2021-2022


American Indian Studies is currently accepting applications for the department lecturer pool for 2021-2022. We are especially in need of lecturers available to teach face-to-face courses.


Classification and Salary: Appointment is expected to be at the rank of temporary faculty or lecturer with salary commensurate with union scale, degree-in-hand, and experience as the budget allows.

Qualifications: Required: A minimum M.A./M.S./J.D. degree from an accredited institution. Preferred: Experience teaching at the university level.

Applications: Individuals wishing to be included in the pool must submit a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and sample syllabi for any course(s) they wish to be considered for via email to jmbarker@sfsu.edu.


San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. We welcome applicants of all ethnic, racial and gender identities, sexual orientations as well as people with disabilities. We particularly encourage those who may be from historically underrepresented groups. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Title IV, Section 503 Employer.



NEW EXHIBIT: A video short, "Dance in a Subterranean Roundhouse at Clear Lake, California (1878)," is part of an exhibit of Jules Tavernier's work at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It depicts a ceremonial dance of the Elem Pomo known as mfom Xe, or “people dance,” in an underground roundhouse, Xe-xwan, at Clear Lake, California. Paul Steward's village and family are featured in the film.



NEW PUBLICATION: Roger Kuhn, “Two-Spirit Love at the BAAITS Powwow,” in Critical Sexual Literacy: Forecasting Trends in Sexual Politics, Diversity, and Pedagogy. Gilbert Herdt, Marzullo Michelle, Petite Nicole Polen, eds. (Anthem Press, 2021).



CONGRATULATIONS: Roger Kuhn has been appointed to the LGBTQ+ advisory committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.


NEW PUBLICATION: Robert Keith Collins, “How Africans Met Native Americans During Slavery.”

Contexts (Summer 2020): 16-21.  


NEW PUBLICATION: Robert Keith Collins, “How Did Black Folks Become Indians? What Lived Experiences Say About Belonging, Culture, and Racial Mixture in Native America.” In The Complexities of Race: Identity, Power, and Justice in an Evolving America. Charmaine Wijeyesinghe, ed. (NYU Press, 2021).



NOVEMBER 2021 PUBLICATION: Joanne Barker, Red Scare: The State's Indigenous Terrorist (American Studies Now Series. Lisa Duggan and Curtis Marez, eds. University of California Press). Book page here.


NEW CD: Paul Steward and his father, as the band Twice as Good, have released a CD with original music, Double Down. You can listen here.

CONGRATULATIONS: John-Carlos Perea's book chapter, "Native 'Noise' and the Politcs of Powwow Musicking in a University Soundscape," is part of an edited collection, Music and Modernity among First Peoples of North America, that has won the 2020 Ellen Koskoff Prize for Edited Collections from the Society for Ethnomusicology.



NEW PUBLICATION: John-Carlos Perea, “Music in Native America: The Intertribal Powwow.” In Global Music Cultures, eds. Bonnie C. Wade and Patricia Sheehan Campbell. New York: Oxford University Press.


Invited Research Presentation: John-Carlos Perea, “Encounters with Ethnomusicologists: Teaching Music/Teaching Culture.”

World Music Pedagogy Professional Development Webinar Series. October 17, 2020.


Invited Conference Roundtable Presentation: John-Carlos Perea, “Navig​ating a Path toward Tenure: Focus on Underrepresented Minorities.”

Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Sponsored by the SEM Diversity Action Committee and the SEM Board.


RADIO: Check out Prof. Eddie Madril as one of the local hosts of the Bay Native Circle on KPFA.



NEW PODCAST: Roger Kuhn, Unsettling Eros & Decolonizing Sexuality (2020)

with the Queer Spirit Community.



NEW PUBLICATION: Joanne Barker, guest editor, Indigeneity, Feminism, Activism, special issue of American Indian Culture and Research Journal 43(3).