Ashley D Aaron

Ashley D. Aaron is an Adjunct Professor at San Francisco State University in the College of Ethnic Studies, where she lectures in the Department of Africana Studies, and in the Ethnic Studies and Race and Resistance Studies Program. Her current teaching and research interests are Afro-Latina/o identity and history, Global Black Liberation Movements, Enslavement in the Americas, Black Family Studies, and Culturally Responsive Education in secondary schools.

Sara Sutler-Cohen

Sara Sutler-Cohen, Ph.D., is a Sociologist currently teaching in the American Indian Studies Department, College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology with a parenthetical notation in American Studies in 2005 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she completed her dissertation on the phenomenon of Neoshamanism in the Northern California area.


Melissa K Nelson

Melissa K. Nelson, Ph.D. is an ecologist, writer, editor, media-maker and native scholar-activist. She is Anishinaabe/Métis/Norwegian and an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Her work is dedicated to indigenous rights and revitalization, Native science and biocultural diversity, ecological ethics and sustainability, and the renewal and celebration of community health and cultural arts.

Andrew J Jolivette

Dr. Andrew Jolivétte, professor and former chair (2010-2016) of the American Indian Studies Department at San Francisco State University is an accomplished educator, writer, speaker, and socio-cultural critic.

Robert Keith Collins, Ph.D.

Robert Keith Collins, PhD, a four-field trained anthropologist, is Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. He holds a BA in Anthropology and a BA in Native American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Collins also holds an MA and PhD in Anthropology from UCLA. Using a person-centered ethnographic approach, his research explores American Indian cultural changes and African and Native American interactions in North, Central, and South America.

Amy Casselman

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.

Joanne Barker


Joanne Barker is Lenape (a citizen of the Delaware Tribe of Indians).

She is professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University.

She is currently serving on:

  • The Segora Te Land Trust Board
  • The Critical Ethnic Studies Journal Board
  • The Bode Pearson Prize Award Committee of the American Studies Association
  • Assistant Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies
  • Chair Elect, American Indian Studies (2019-2022)



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