Associate Professor — Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
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In Fall 2013, Kim TallBear joined the University of Texas as Associate Professor of Anthropology. She was previously a Donald D. Harrington Fellow at the University of Texas in 2012-13 and Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
Kim studies how genomics is co-constituted with ideas of race and indigeneity, the topic of her 2013 monograph, Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science (University of Minnesota Press). Kim’s more recent research project is entitled: “Constituting Knowledge across Cultures of Expertise and Tradition: Indigenous Bio-scientists.” She is interested in the role of Native American and other indigenous scientists in the democratization and making more multi-cultural of the biological sciences. Kim is also interested indigenous scientists’ roles of in the development of scientific governance within indigenous communities. Most recently, Kim has become interested in the overlap between constructions of "nature" and "sexuality," including as they are analyzed within the burgeoning literature on "queer ecologies."
Kim just ended a three-year term as an elected Council Member to the international Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). She has published research, policy, review, and opinion articles on a variety of issues related to science, technology, environment, and culture in anthologies and journals including Social Studies of Science; Science, Technology & Human Values; Aboriginal Policy Studies; Current Anthropology; The Journal of Law Medicine, and Ethics; Science; The Wicazo Sa Review, International Journal of Cultural Property; and Indian Country Today. Kim has advised tribal and other indigenous governmental organizations, federal agencies, science museums, and genome researchers and policymakers on issues related to indigenous peoples, science, and technology.
Kim blogs about science, technology, and indigenous issues at www.kimtallbear.com, and tweets at NDN_DNANotes and STS_NDN. She hails from Dakota peoples in Minnesota and South Dakota. She is enrolled in the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and is also descended from the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.
ANT 324L • Indigenous Naturecultures
TTH 1230pm-200pm CLA 0.106
This upper-division undergraduate course examines contemporary indigenous knowledges and practices about “nature” and “culture.” Indigenous knowledges and practices often don’t fit well within the taken-for-granted Western categories of “nature” vs. “culture,” “science” vs. “religion,” “human” vs. “animal,” or “animate” vs. “inanimate.” Are indigenous peoples wrong, or somehow less advanced than the West in constructing their knowledge of the world with fewer, more fluid or different categories? And sometimes with methods that don’t look quite like science? Is “indigenous knowledge” better than Western science, an older and therefore less advanced form of science, science mixed with religion, or not science at all? And when indigenous peoples do use what we understand as proper Western science what happens when they entangle it with culture or religion? What does that do to the science and to indigenous tradition? Course readings come from anthropology, indigenous studies, environmental studies, geography, philosophy, religious studies, and (feminist) science and technology studies. This course will feature several films and guest speakers (sometimes on Skype). We will also take up applied environmental science, natural resource management, and policy readings from Native American and other indigenous communities. A foundational ethic of this course is that students who seek to understand indigenous life (and simultaneously strengthen their ability to critically analyze dominant knowledge categories and scientific practices) should learn to move among the cultures of the social sciences, natural sciences, and applied fields (i.e. policy or planning literatures). Indigenous communities bring all of these approaches into conversation when they engage with “environment” or “nature.” This is part of their/our strategy to survive and flourish in the 21st century.
This Stretch of the River
Howe, Craig and Kimberly TallBear, eds
This Stretch of the River: Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Responses to the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Bicentennial
Oak Lake Writers' Society
Refereed Chapters, Articles, and Commentaries (selected)
Edmunds, D., R. Shelby, A. James, M. Baker, Y. V. Perez, and K. TallBear. “Tribal Housing, Co-Design & Cultural Sovereignty.” Science, Technology & Human Values. Published online before print June 25, 2013, doi: 10.1177/0162243913490812: 1-28.
TallBear, Kim. "Genomic Articulations of Indigeneity." Social Studies of Science 43(4) (August 2013): 509-534.
Reardon, Jenny and Kim TallBear. "Your DNA is Our History." Genomics, Anthropology, and the Construction of Whiteness as Property." Current Anthropology 53(S12) (April 2012): S233-S245.
TallBear, Kimberly. "Commentary" (on Decoding Implications of the Genographic Project for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage). International Journal of Cultural Property 16 (2009): 189-192.
TallBear, Kimberly. "DNA and Native American Identity." In indivisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas, ed. Gabrielle Tayac. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, 2009: 69-75.
Lee, S. S-J., D. Bolnick, T. Duster, P. Ossorio, and K. TallBear. The Illusive Gold Standard in Genetic Ancestry Testing. Science 325 (5943) (July 3, 2009): 38-39.
TallBear, Kimberly. “Native-American-DNA.coms: In Search of Native American Race and Tribe,” Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age, edited by Barbara Koenig, Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, and Sarah Richardson. Rutgers University Press, 2008.
Bolnick, Deborah A., Duana Fullwiley, Troy Duster, Richard S. Cooper, Joan H. Fujimura, Jonathan Kahn, Jay Kaufman, Jonathan Marks, Ann Morning, Alondra Nelson, Pilar Ossorio, Jenny Reardon, Susan M. Reverby, and Kimberly TallBear. “The Science and Business of Genetic Ancestry,” Science, 318(5849) (October 19, 2007): 399-400.
TallBear, Kimberly. “Narratives of Race and Indigeneity in the Genographic Project,” Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol. 35(3) (Fall 2007): 412-424.
TallBear, Kimberly. “DNA, Blood and Racializing the Tribe,” In ‘Mixed Race’ Studies: A Reader, edited by Jayne O. Ifekwunige. London and New York: Routledge, 2004. First published in Wicazo Sá Review Vol. 18(1) (2003): 81-107.
TallBear, Kim. “The Emergence, Politics, and Marketplace of Native American DNA.” The Routledge Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, edited by Daniel Lee Kleinman and Kelly Moore. London: Routledge.
Forthcoming in 2014
L. Noel, D. C. Hamilton, A. Rodriguez, A. James, N. Rich, D.S. Edmunds, and K. TallBear. “Bitter Medicine is Stronger: A Recipe for Acorn Mush and the Recovery of Pomo Peoples of Northern California.” The Multispecies Salon: Gleanings from a Para-Site, edited by Eben Kirksey. Durham: Duke University Press.
Forthcoming in 2013
Other Publications (selected)
The Political Economy of Tribal Citizenship in the US: Lessons for Canadian First Nations? Aboriginal Policy Studies 1(3) (2011): 70-79.
Commentary on Barack Obama and American Exceptionalism. Indian Country Today. September 12, 2008.
Cecilia Fire Thunder and a Considered Response to Abortion at Pine Ridge, World Pulse Magazine (September 2006).
Can DNA Determine Who is an Indian? Indian Country Today. December 3, 2003.
With Deborah Bolnick, Native American DNA Tests: What are the Risks to Tribes? The Native Voice. December 3-7, 2004.