Natchee Blu Barnd is assistant professor of Ethnic Studies and Native American Studies at Oregon State University. Dr. Barnd earned a PhD and MA in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego, an MA in American Indian Studies from UCLA, and a BA in both American Multicultural Studies and Philosophy from Sonoma State University.
Natchee is a comparative and critical ethnic studies scholar interested in the intersections between ethnic studies, cultural geography, and indigenous studies. He teaches a range of comparative ethnic studies and indigenous studies courses, with special interest in space, popular culture, contemporary Native visual art, and cultural sovereignty. He also sits on the advisory council for Native American Longhouse Eena Haws at Oregon State University.
Dr. Barnd is completing his first book, Inhabiting Indianness: Native Space and America for the First Peoples initiative through Oregon State University Press. He has published journal articles with the American Indian Culture and Research Journal (2010) and the Yearbook of the Pacific Coast Geographers (2014), as well as contributed chapters to the edited volumes Teaching Race in the 21st Century (2008) and Diversity in Disney Films (2013). Other research projects currently being developed include a collaborative ethnopornography study of 1950s American men’s magazines, and pedagogies of engaged learning about race and geography through a student-designed social justice tour of Corvallis, Oregon.
In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Natchee works with on-campus cultural centers, with a special emphasis on combining scholarship, mentoring, and community building. He has recently written about his work in cultural centers in the anthology Nexus: Complicating Community and Centering the Self (2015).