Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca )

Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca )

Core Faculty

Associate Professor

Gender Studies | feminist interventions into an analysis of colonial spatial restructuring of Native lands and bodies in the twentieth century

Office: 2225 Rolfe

Email: goeman@gender.ucla.edu


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.


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