Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

People / Faculty

Core Faculty

Shari Huhndorf

Professor and Department Chair
Native American Studies

Interdisciplinary Native American studies, literary and visual culture, cultural studies, gender studies, American studies

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, New York University

M.A., Comparative Literature, New York University

B.A., English, University of Redlands


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Bio & Research Interests

Shari M. Huhndorf received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University, and she is currently Professor of Native American Studies and Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Her research and teaching focus on the areas of interdisciplinary Native American studies, contemporary literary and visual culture, cultural studies, gender studies, and American studies.

Professor Huhndorf is the author of two books, Going Native: Indians in the American Cultural Imagination (Cornell University Press, 2001) and Mapping the Americas: The Transnational Politics of Contemporary Native Culture (Cornell University Press, 2009), and a co-editor of Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture (University of British Columbia Press, 2010), winner of the Canadian Women's Studies Association prize for Outstanding Scholarship.  Another co-edited work, Sovereignty, Indigeneity, and the Law (Duke University Press, 2011), a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly, won the Council of Editors of Learned Journals award for best special issue of a journal as well as the award for outstanding indigenous scholarship from the American Indian and Alaska Native Professors Association for 2011. Her work has also appeared in journals including Critical InquiryPMLAAmerican QuarterlyAmerican AnthropologistSouth Atlantic QuarterlySocial Identities, and Annals of Scholarship. She has held major fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Association of University Women. Currently she is working on two book projects: a manuscript tentatively titled “Indigeneity and the Politics of Space: Gender, Geography, Culture,” and, with Roy Huhndorf, a history of indigenous land claims in Alaska.

At Berkeley, Professor Huhndorf serves on the advisory board of the Center for Race and Gender, and she is affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Program in American Studies, the Designated Emphasis in Gender and Women’s Studies, and the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues.  She is a former member and chair of the executive committee of the Division of Twentieth-Century American Literature of the Modern Language Association.  She also served for a decade on the board of directors of the CIRI Foundation, which provides educational funding and supports cultural programs for Alaska Natives in her home community.  She received a 2013 President's Award from the Alaska Federation of Natives for her contributions to Native education and a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Division of Social Sciences at UC Berkeley.

Courses Taught

Displaying Race, Displaying Culture: Exhibitions, Film, Photography

Native American Literature, Culture, and Politics

Contemporary Issues in Native America

Indigenous Culture and the Politics of Space

Race and Visuality

Cultural Texts: Contemporary Theories and Methods


Going Native: Indians in the American Cultural Imagination
Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, and Culture
Mapping the Americas: The Transnational Politics of Contemporary Native Culture