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

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Student

Katie Keliiaa


California Indian History, Native Women, Settler Colonialism, Boarding Schools and Assimilation Programs, Indian Labor, Language and Cultural Revitalization, Urban Indians


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Bio & Research Interests

Caitlin is a Bay Area native and completed her bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley. She received her first Master’s degree in American Indian Studies at UCLA. Caitlin is a Ford Predoctoral Fellow and a Graduate Fellow with the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues. She is a Graduate Student in residence at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues. Caitlin’s dissertation examines the mechanics of federal assimilation programs, specifically the institution of domestic service and its impact upon Native women and their subsequent generations. Caitlin 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 current partner with the pat'álŋiʔ mék'i: Washoe language immersion nest.


Advisor

Beth Piatote
Thomas Biolsi
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Shari Huhndorf


Courses Taught or Assisted

Department of Ethnic Studies                                                                                           June 2015 Guest Lecturer                                                                                                     Berkeley, California   

  • 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 Gender and Women’s Studies                                                                  April 2015 Guest Lecturer                                                                                                     Berkeley, California   

  • For Evelyn Nakano Glenn’s upper div. “Settler Colonialism and Race/Gender/Sexual Formations,” course.
  • Lectured on Indian schooling and training, especially domestic curriculum and settler colonialism.

Department of Linguistics                                                                                                  April 2015 Guest Lecturer                                                                                                     Berkeley, California   

  • For “History, Structure, and Sociolinguistics of Washo,” an upper division fieldwork and data course.
  • Taught a Wášiw/Washoe historiography and community ideologies on heritage language learning.

Department of Education                                                                                                    April 2015 Guest Lecturer                                                                                                     Berkeley, California   

  • For “Native American Education: Critical Issues…” first ever Native education course in department.
  • Lectured on femininity, domesticity and settler colonialism within the sphere of Indian education.

Department of Ethnic Studies                                                           August 2014 – December 2014 Graduate Student Instructor                                                                                Berkeley, California   

  • For “Asian American Studies Reading and Comprehension,” fulfills American Cultures requirement.
  • Manages weekly discussion sections, office hours, assists with exam creation and student mentorship.

San Francisco Art Institute                                                                                       November 2014 Guest Lecturer                                                                                            San Francisco, California   

  • For “American Indian Women,” core course for SFAI’s Urban Studies and Liberal Arts department.
  • Taught settler colonialism and women’s contribution to Native heritage language reclamation projects

Department of Ethnic Studies                                                                                       October 2014 Guest Lecturer                                                                                                     Berkeley, California   

  • For “Professional Orientation,” required Ethnic Studies Graduate Group core seminar.
  • Taught fellowship application methods with emphasis on Ford; discussed graduate professionalization.

Department of Ethnic Studies                                                                                           June 2014 Guest Lecturer                                                                                                     Berkeley, California   

  • 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                                                                                       October 2013 Guest Lecturer                                                                                                     Berkeley, California   

  • For “A Comparative Survey of Protest Movements Since the 60's,” fulfills American Cultures requirement.
  • Taught Bay Area Indian community history and gender in the American Indian Movement.

Transfer, Re-entry & Student Parent and Center                                      August 2013 – May 2014 Instructor                                                                                                              Berkeley, California   

  • Responsible for 30 undergraduate transfer students for “Transitioning to the Research University.”
  • Managed weekly discussion sections, office hours and offered student guidance and mentorship.

American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program                    August 2011 – December 2011 Teaching Assistant for Professor Peter Nabokov                                      Los Angeles, California

  • Responsible for 52 undergraduate students for “Introduction to American Indian Studies.”
  • Managed two weekly discussion sections, office hours and offered personal student assistance.

Wrote, facilitated and graded all exams, papers and in-class quizzes.


Select publications

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)