Nancy Marie Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache)

Nancy Marie Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache)

Core Faculty


Gender Studies | visual anthropology, Indigenous visual arts and curation, gender analysis, film studies, photographic archives, museum critique, arts education and Indigenous knowledge production; Native North America, globalized popular culture

Office: 1120 Rolfe Hall


Phone: 310-206-8101


Nancy Marie Mithlo is a Professor of Gender Studies and serves on the Faculty Advisory Committee for American Indian Studies. She earned her doctorate in cultural anthropology from Stanford University in 1993 writing on the negotiated role of contemporary American Indian artists. Her publications include “Our Indian Princess”: Subverting the Stereotype, (School for Advanced Research Press, 2009) and senior editorship of For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw (Yale University Press, 2014), American Indian Curatorial Practice (Wicazo-Sa Review, 2012) and Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism (Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and DAP, 2011). Mithlo’s curatorial work has resulted in nine exhibits at the Venice Biennale. Her forthcoming titles include Senior Editor, American Indian Art 101 (University of New Mexico Press, 2020), Knowing Native Arts (University of Nebraska Press) and A/Part of This World: Indigenous Curation at the Venice Biennale (State University of New York Press). In 2017, she was a Visiting Scholar, UCLA Institute of American Cultures, American Indian Studies Center, a George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellow, Brown University and a Getty Research Institute Guest Researcher.