Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca )

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Email    goeman@gender.ucla.edu
Office  2225 Rolfe
Phone  3108253275
Native American Literature, Native Feminisms, Settler Colonialism, Native American Film, Native Geographies, Race and Ethnicity, Women of Color Feminisms

Dr. Mishuana Goeman, Tonawanda Band of Seneca, is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Chair of American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program and Associate Director of American Indian Studies Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her doctorate from Stanford University's Modern Thought and Literature and was a UC Presidential Post-doctoral fellow at Berkeley. Her research involves thinking through colonialism, geography and literature in ways that generate anti-colonial tools in the struggle for social justice. Her book, Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) was honored at the American Association for Geographic Perspectives on Women and a finalist for best first book from NAISA. The Spectacle of Originary Moments: Terrance Malick’s the New World, is in progress with the Indigenous Film Series, University of Nebraska Press. She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as American Quarterly, Critical Ethnic Studies, Settler Colonial Studies, Wicazo Sa, International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Transmotion, and American Indian Cultures and Research Journal. She has guest edited journal volumes on Native Feminisms and another on Indigenous Performances. She has also co-authored a book chapter in Handbook for Gender Equity on "Gender Equity for American Indians" and single authored chapters in Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies (Routledge 2016), Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies (2016).  Other book chapters include a piece on visual geographies and settler colonialism in Theorizing Native Studies, eds. Audra Simpson and Andrea Smith, (Duke University Press, 2014) and a chapter on trauma, geography, and decolonization in Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (ed. Joanne Barker, Duke University Press, 2017). She is also a Co-PI on a community based digital community project, Mapping Indigenous L.A., that is working toward creating a self-represented storytelling, archival, and community orientated maps that unveil multi-layered Indigenous LA landscapes. The created storymaps begin with The Gabrieleño Tongva and Fernandeño Tataviam while including those from diasporic Indigenous communities who make LA their home. The current phase develops curriculum for K-12. 

Courses offered relevant to American Indian Studies: 

GE 20A: First-year Cluster on Inter-racial Dynamics (Fall and Winter quarters)
AIS 200 B: Theories of Settler Colonialism in the Humanities
GS 205: Gendered Geographies of Colonialism
GS 108: Indigenous Women and State Violence

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B.A.: Dartmouth College
M.A.: Stanford University
Ph.D., Stanford University in Modern Thought and Literature,


Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations, University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Disrupting a Settler Grammar of Place in Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie’s 'Photographic Memoirs of an Aboriginal Savant',” in Theorizing Native Studies, eds. Audra Simpson and Andrea Smith, in production, Duke University Press, 2014.

Guest Editor, special issue on “Indigenous Performance: Upsetting the Terrains of Settler Colonialism.” American Indian Cultures and Research Journal, 34.5, Fall 2011.

Guest Co-Editor (with Jennifer Denetdale), special issue on “Native Feminisms: Legacies,Interventions, and Indigenous Sovereignties," Wicazo Sa 24.2 (2009).


“Tools of a Cartographic Poet: Joy Harjo’s Poetry and the (Re)mapping of Settler Colonial Geographies,” Settler Colonial Studies, 2.2, Summer 2012, 69-88.

"Introduction to Indigenous Performance: Upsetting the Terrains of Settler Colonialism," Special Guest Editor for American Indian Cultures and Research Journal, 34.5, 2011, 3-18.

"Notes Towards a Native Feminism's Spatial Practice." Wicazo Sa 24.2 (2009): 169-187. (With Jennifer Denetdale), "Introduction: Native Feminisms: Legacies, Interventions, and Indigenous Sovereignties," Wicazo Sa 24.2 (2009): 9-13.

"From Place to Territories and Back Again: Centering Storied Land in the discussion of Indigenous Nation-building." International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies 1.1 (2008): 23-34.

"(Re)Mapping Indigenous Presence on the Land in Native Women’s Literature." American Quarterly 60.1 (2008): 295-302.

Calhoun, Anne, Goeman, Mishuana, Tsethlikai, Monica. “Chapter 25: Achieving Gender Equity for Native Americans,” in Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity Through Education, eds. Sue S. Klein and Patricia Ortman, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, April 2007: 525- 552.


  • American Indian Literatures
  • Cultural Geographies
  • Gender
  • Native Feminisms
  • Visual Culture

Research Methods:

  • Literary discourse
  • Spatial analysis
  • Native and Indigenous Feminisms