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

People / Graduate Students


Tasha Hauff

Native American Studies, Native American Literature, Language Loss and Revitalization, Critical Theory


Bio & Research Interests

Through ethnographic and literary research, my dissertation project examines the politics of langauge in U.S. settler colonial contexts. Specifically, I aim to understand what Native languages mean to Native communities today, and further, what Native languages mean to the non-Native individuals and institutions that support Native language revitalization.  My interest in the politics of language also informs my teaching philosophy. When teaching both Native American Studies and college writing, I encourage students to question the limits and possibilities of English—and of language itself— as a tool for communication both within and outside of the academy. 


Shari Huhndorf
Thomas Biolsi

Courses Taught or Assisted

Native American Studies: Reading and Composition A, Lead GSI,  Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014