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

People / Graduate Students


Sierra Edd

Decoloniality/Decolonial thought, anti-colonial studies, Border theory, Native American and Indigenous studies

Bio & Research Interests

Sierra Edd (Diné) is a first-year graduate student in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She recieved her B.A. degree from Brown University in Ethnic studies with a focus on Native American and Indigenous studies. Her previous scholarship examined racialized violence and Diné resistance in reservation border towns, analyzing the ways in which border imperialism and settler supremacy inform state surveillance and anti-Native violence. Her undergraduate thesis, "Unsettling Borders: Criminalization of Indigenous peoples in the borderlands," examined nation-state sovereignty, formations of citizenship/belonging, and Diné border consciousness in Farmington, New Mexico. 

Sierra is also a poet and artist whose work articulates the experiences of Native women while incorporating themes of spirituality, trauma, healing, and Indigenous futurisms. Her artwork has been featured in the "We are Native Women" Exhibition at the Rain Maker Gallery, Bristol UK, (2017) and Native Re-Appropriations Exhibit Opening at the Center for the study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University (2015-16). Her poetry has also been included in the AsUs online journal, "Red House Wanderings," and the "Anthology of Emerging Poets" from Z Publishing House. 


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