Chris Andersen received his PhD in 2005 from the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta and became a faculty member of the Faculty of Native Studies in 2000. In 2014, he was awarded Full Professorship. He is the former Director of the Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research and is currently the Dean (Interim) of the Faculty. Dr. Andersen is the author of two books including, with Maggie Walter, Indigenous Statistics: A Quantitative Indigenous Methodology (Left Coast Press, 2013) and “Métis”: Race, Recognition and the Struggle for Indigenous Peoplehood (UBC Press, 2014). In 2015, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association awarded “Métis” the “2014 Prize for Best Subsequent Book in Native American and Indigenous Studies” and in 2016, it was shortlisted for the 2015 Canada Prize. With Jean O’Brien, he also co-edited the recently published Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies (Taylor & Francis, 2017). Andersen was a founding member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Executive Council, is a member of Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on Social Conditions and is editor of the journal aboriginal policy studies. He was recently named as a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
Irene Watson belongs to the Tanganekald, Meintangk and Boandik First Nations Peoples of the Coorong and the south-east region of South Australia. Professor Irene Watson is the Pro Vice Chancellor Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy, and Professor of Law with the School of Law, University of South Australia, where her teaching and research focuses primarily on Indigenous Peoples in both domestic and international law. She has published extensively on colonialism and First Nations Law and has worked as a legal practitioner and an advocate within international fora. Recent publications include Aboriginal Peoples, Colonialism and International Law: Raw Law (Routledge, 2015).
Emil’ Keme (K’iche’ Maya; aka Emilio del Valle Escalante) is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His teaching and research focus on contemporary Latin American literatures and cultural studies, with particular emphasis on Indigenous literatures and social movements, Central American literatures and cultures, and postcolonial and subaltern studies theory in the Latin American context. His broader cultural and theoretical interests cluster around areas involving themes of colonialism in relation to issues of nationhood, national identity, race/ethnicity and gender. He is the author of Maya Nationalisms and Postcolonial Challenges in Guatemala: Coloniality, Modernity and Identity Politics (School for Advanced Research Press, 2009; Spanish edition by FLACSO, 2008). He is also de the editor of Teorizando las literaturas Indigenas (A Contracorriente, 2015), U’k’ux kaj, u’k’ux ulew: Antologia de poesia Maya guatemalteca contemporanea (IILI, 2010), “Untying Tongues: Minority Literatures in Spain and Latin America” (with Alfredo Sosa Velasco, a special issue of Romance Notes, 2010), and “Indigenous Literatures and Social Movements in Latin America” (a special issue of Latin American Indian Literatures Journal, 2008). Del Valle Escalante’s articles may be found in such venues as Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Mesoamerica, Studies in American Indian Literature, Revista Iberoamericana, Latin American Caribbean and Ethnic Studies, Procesos: Revista Ecuatoriana de Historia, and Revista de Estudios Interétnicos.
Kim TallBear is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience, and Environment at the University of Alberta. She is enrolled in the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and is also descended from the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. Her book, Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), documents the co-constitution of ideas of race and indigeneity in human genomics. More recently, she brings an Indigenous Studies lens to the overlapping constructions of nature and sexuality, including within queer ecologies, interspecies relations, new materialisms, and ecosexuality fields. She produces the Edmonton sexy storytelling show, Tipi Confessions, which anchors a research-creation group at the University of Alberta. TallBear has published research, policy, review, and opinion articles on issues related to science, technology, environment, culture, and sexuality in anthologies, journals, and online platforms including Social Studies of Science; Science, Technology & Human Values; Aboriginal Policy Studies; Current Anthropology; The Journal of Law Medicine, and Ethics; Science; Wicazo Sa Review; Hypatia; BuzzFeed; and Indian Country Today. She is a frequent speaker across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific, as well as a regular commentator in Canadian, US, and UK media. She tweets on all of these topics @KimTallBear. Find her research group at www.IndigenousSTS.com.