Kaitlin Reed

Assistant Professor of Native American Studies

Biography: 

Kaitlin Reed (Yurok/Hupa/Oneida) is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Cal Poly Humboldt. Her research is focused on tribal land and water rights, extractive capitalism, and settler colonial political economies. She is currently working on her book entitled From Gold Rush to Green Rush: The Ecology of Settler Colonialism in Northern California. This book connects the historical and ecological dots between the Gold Rush and the Green Rush, focusing on capitalistic resource extraction and violence against indigenous lands and bodies. Kaitlin obtained her B.A. degree in Geography at Vassar College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis. In 2018, she was awarded the Charles Eastman Fellowship of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. Dr. Reed is an enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe in Northwestern California. In her free time, she likes to knit, watch reality television, and spend time with her partner, Michael, and her cat, Fitzherbert.

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Areas of Interest: 

Tribal land and water rights; Indigenous environmental justice; settler colonial and capitalist resource extraction; environmental conflict; traditional ecological knowledge; land return & decolonization.