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

People / Graduate Students


Jen Rose Smith

Native American and Indigenous Studies, Alaska Native Studies, Northern and Arctic Studies, Human Geography, Native American Literature, Indigenous Science and Technology Studies


Bio & Research Interests

Jen Rose Smith (Eyak, Alaska Native) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies. Her dissertation “Indeterminate Natures: Making Land, Race, and Indigeneity in Alaska,” traces historical and modern articulations of land, race, and indigeneity as the terms have been co-constituted under colonial conditions. She analyzes how these terms have been made, and the means by which they have been reproduced materially and discursively in culture, science, and law. In historicizing land, race, and indigeneity, Jen attends to how indigenous peoples in Alaska and the Arctic have strategized and mobilized their ongoing claims and relations to land, water, air, and ice.

Jen completed her undergraduate degree in English with an emphasis in Literature and the Environment at the University of Alaska Southeast, and received her master's degree in Comparative Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. She is a recipient of the UC Berkeley Chancellor's Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, and is a Graduate Fellow with the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues.


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