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

Spring Hours: Monday 10a - Noon or by appointment

Dr. Mishuana Goeman, Tonawanda Band of Seneca, is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Gender Studies Department 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 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. She has published in peer reviewed journals such as Settler Colonial Studies, American Quarterly, Wicazo Sa, International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, American Indian Cultures and Research Journal, and Journal of Anthropological Research. She has guest edited journal volumes on Native Feminisms and Indigenous Performances. She has also co-authored a book chapter in Handbook for Gender Equity on "Gender Equity for American Indians," a chapter on visual geographies and settler colonialism out in Theorizing Native Studies, eds. Audra Simpson and Andrea Smith, (Duke University Press, 2014) and a chapter on trauma, geography, and decolonization in Native Feminisms, ed. Joanne Barker, Duke University Press. Currently she is also part of a grant on Mapping Indigenous L.A. that is working toward creating a community oriented mobile application that decolonizes the LA landscape. Her interdisciplinary process enables her to implement a plan that tackles the complexity of Los Angeles Indigeneity and landscapes. Mishuana Goeman provides feminist interventions into an analysis of colonial spatial restructuring of Native lands and bodies in the twentieth century. Through an examination of the ways that Native women’s art, film, poetry and prose reveal settler colonialism in North America as an enduring form of gendered spatial violence, she continually ask how rigid spatial categories, such as nations, borders, reservations, and urban areas are formed by settler nation-states structuring of space.  Her previous theoretical work on mapping uses narrative methodologies and Native feminist work that offers material practices to accompany understandings of Native bodies in place, bodies that are complex and mobile.

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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.