Native / Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Gender and Sexuality, Music and Sound studies, Digital Media & Technology.
Bio & Research Interests
Sierra Edd (Diné) is a PhD candidate in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is Tł’ógi, born for the Kinłichii’nii people and grew up in Durango, Colorado / Four corners. Her research interests are in Indigenous gender and sexuality, culture, storytelling, futures/futurity, and digital media. She is also 2020 recipient of the Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and a coordinator for the Indigenous Sound Studies working group and Berkeley’s Center for New Media Indigenous Technologies Program.
She received her B.A. degree from Brown University in the department of Ethnic studies with her previous scholarship exploring colonial violence and resistance border towns along the Navajo reservation. Her undergraduate thesis, “Unsettling Borders: Criminalization of Indigenous peoples in the borderlands,” examined nation-state sovereignty, formations of citizenship/belonging, and Diné consciousness in Farmington, New Mexico.
Sierra is also a poet and artist whose work incorporates themes of spirituality, trauma & healing, and Indigenous futures. 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.
“Radical Traversals” in Vol. 19 , Issue 2 of the Borderlands journal (October 2020).