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

People / Graduate Students

Student

Katie Keliiaa


California Indian History, Native Women, Settler Colonialism, Federal Indian Policy, Language and Cultural Revitalization/Reclamation, Urban Indians and Labor

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Bio & Research Interests

Caitlin “Katie” Keliiaa is a Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnic Studies. She completed her bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley and received her first Master’s degree in American Indian Studies at UCLA. Katie was a Ford Predoctoral Fellow and a Joseph A. Myers Center Fellow. She was recently selected as a Ford Dissertation Fellowship alternate. Katie’s dissertation examines a 20th-century San Francisco-based Indian assimilation program designed to civilize Native girls and women through domestic labor. In her analysis of the Bay Area Outing Program, Katie centers Native women’s voices and demonstrates the subtle and overt ways women and girls negotiated and challenged an entrenched program. Related to Native women's labor, Katie is currenty exploring Native and Japanese connections at Manzanar concentration camp in Southeastern California. Katie has a passion for heritage languages, intersectional community histories, oral histories and archival research. She is a member of the Yerington Paiute Tribe and is a descendant of the Washoe Tribe of NV & CA. 


Advisor

Shari Huhndorf


Courses Taught or Assisted

TEACHING

Department of Ethnic Studies                                                                                          August 2017 – December 2017

Graduate Student Instructor for Victoria Robinson                                                                                         Berkeley, CA   

  • For ES 21AC “Abolition Pedagogy and Practice,” fulfills American Cultures requirement.

Department of Ethnic Studies                                                                                                   January 2017 – May 2017

Graduate Student Instructor for Professor Tom Biolsi                                                                                    Berkeley, CA   

  • For cross-listed ES/NAS “Indigenous Peoples in Global Inequality,” fulfills American Cultures requirement.

Department of Ethnic Studies                                                                                                   January 2016 – May 2016

Graduate Student Instructor for Professor Tom Biolsi                                                                                    Berkeley, CA   

  • For cross-listed ES/NAS “Indigenous Peoples in Global Inequality,” fulfills American Cultures requirement.

Department of Ethnic Studies                                                                                           August 2014 – December 2014

Graduate Student Instructor for Anna Leong                                                                                                  Berkeley, CA   

  • For “Asian American Studies Reading and Comprehension,” fulfills American Cultures requirement.

Transfer, Re-entry & Student Parent Center                                                                              August 2013 – May 2014

Instructor                                                                                                                                                         Berkeley, CA   

  • Two semesters of courses, teaching 30 transfer students for “Transitioning to the Research University.”

American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program                                                     August 2011 – December 2011

Teaching Assistant for Professor Peter Nabokov                                                                                        Los Angeles, CA

  • Responsible for 52 undergraduate students for “Introduction to American Indian Studies.”

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SELECTED GUEST LECTURES - Fall 2016 - Fall 2017

Department of Ethnic Studies                                                                                                                  September 2017

Guest Lecturer for Victoria Robinson                                                                                                                Berkeley, CA

  • For ES 21AC “The Carceal State: Abolition Pedagogy and Practice,” course.
  • Lectured on Federal Indian policy, Indian schooling and training. Focused on child labor and trauma.

Department of Ethnic Studies                                                                                                                         August 2017

Guest Lecturer for John Dougherty                                                                                                                   Berkeley, CA

  • For “Social Science Methods in Ethnic Studies,” for required upper division summer session course
  • Taught ethical ethnography methods and the Committee for Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) process.

Department of Ethnic Studies                                                                                                                      February 2017

Guest Lecturer for Raymond Telles                                                                                                                   Berkeley, CA

  • For upper division “Ethnicity and Race in Contemporary American Films,” course.
  • Lectured on gendered Indian schooling and training, especially domestic curriculum and outing programs.

Department of Ethnic Studies                                                                                                                      February 2017

Guest Lecturer for Professor Tom Biolsi                                                                                                            Berkeley, CA

  • For upper division, cross-listed ES/NAS “Indigenous Peoples in Global Inequality,” course.
  • Lectured on Indian schooling and training, especially domestic curriculum and settler colonialism.

Department of Ethnic Studies                                                                                                                  September 2016

Guest Lecturer for Professor Chris Zepeda-Millán                                                                                            Berkeley, CA

  • For “Social Science Methods in Ethnic Studies,” required upper division course.
  • Discussed in-depth, formal and semi formal interviews and oral history methodologies.

Select publications

Article, Unsettling Domesticity: Native Women Challenging U.S. Indian Policy in the S.F. Bay Area, 1911-1931

      In eScholarship, ISSI Graduate Fellows Working Papers Series 2015 – 2016, (2017)

Peer Reviewed Chapter, Wáˑšiw ʔÍtlu: New Articulations in Washoe Language Reclamation”

      In New Voices in California Indian Studies, forthcoming (2017)


Book Review, Indigenous Women, Work, and History: 1940–1980 by Mary Jane Logan McCallum

      In the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Vol: 39.4 (2015)

Co-Authored Article, “Claiming Space: An Autoethnographic Study of Indigenous Graduate Students Engaged in Language Reclamation,” in collaboration with Kari A. B. Chew and Nitana Hicks

      In the International Journal of Multicultural Education, Vol: 17.2 (2015)

Book Review, Bad Indians by Deborah Miranda

      In the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Vol: 38.2 (2014)

Master’s Thesis, Washiw Wagayay Maŋal: Reweaving the Washoe Language

      In ProQuest® Dissertations & Theses (2012)