Lecturer Amy Casselman-Hontalas

Amy Casselman-Hontalas

M.A., Ethnic Studies, SFSU Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, Stanford University
Email: amycass@sfsu.edu
Location: EP 407

At SF State Since: 

Fall 2012


Amy Casselman is an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University where she teaches in the American Indian Studies, Race and Resistance Studies, Ethnic Studies, and previously the Women and Gender Studies departments. 

She holds a Master’s degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to her career in academia, Amy was a Case Worker for the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California where she provided support services for Native children and families.

She is the author of Injustice in Indian Country: Jurisdiction, American Law, and Sexual Violence Against Native Women.


  • M.A. Sociology Stanford University
  • M.A. Ethnic Studies San Francisco State University
  • B.A. American Studies University of California Santa Cruz

Courses Taught:

  • ETHS/RRS 110 Critical Thinking and the Ethnic Studies Experience
  • AIS 150 American Indian History in the United States
  • AIS 205 American Indians and U.S. Laws
  • AIS 420 Native Genders and Feminism (formerly titled "American Indian Women")
  • AIS 460 Power and Politics in American Indian History

Research interests:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Law and Policy
  • Colonization and Indigeneity
  • Activism and Social Movements


Hontalas, Amy L. Casselman. “Taking the Children to Take the Land: Indian Child Welfare and the Enduring Epidemic of Family Separation - Past, Present, and Future.” In Policing or Providing?: The Child Welfare System as Poverty Governance. Eds. Kerry Woodward and Jennifer Randle. New York University Press. (Forthcoming Spring 2024)

Casselman, Amy L. 2016. Injustice in Indian Country: Jurisdiction, American Law, and Sexual Violence Against Native Women. New York: Peter Lang.

Casselman, Amy L. 2016. “Oliphant v. Suquamish, 1978” 50 Events that Shaped American Indian History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic. Eds. Donna Martinez and Jennifer W. Bordeaux. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio.

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