Amrah Salomón J. is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of California Santa Barbara. She is an activist, educator, and writer of mixed ancestry (Akimel O'odham and Tohono O'odham descendant, Mexican, and European). Dr. Salomón J. is the founding director of the Regeneración Lab: Abolition, Liberation, Decolonization, Autonomía, & Autogestión and is a member of the interdisciplinary UCSB American Indian and Indigenous Collective research initiative. Her research and teaching interests focus on transnational and hemispheric Indigenous Studies, the U.S.-Mexico border, Mexican and Latin American Social Movements, Women of Color, Indigenous Feminisms, Queer Theory, Critical Geography, Law and Policy, Archival Methods, Memory, Non-Western and Indigenous Political Thought, Anticolonialism, Film and Media, Popular Culture, and Activism. She is a 2020-2021 University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in English at UC Riverside and completed a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California San Diego in 2019. Dr. Salomón J. founded and directed the UCSD Community and Labor Project, co-founded the Native American youth performance project Rez Beats, is a member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice (http://www.the-ciej.org) and the O’odham Anti-Border Collective. Dr. Salomón J. is currently working on various community-based digital humanities projects, including Reclaiming Homelands: Mapping Indigenous Place Names of North San Diego County, funded by the University of California Critical Mission Studies Initiative. Dr. Salomón J. has received a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, a Davis-Putter Fellowship, and has been recognized by the Alliance 4 Empowerment for the social impact of her work. In 2015 she was awarded the UCSD University Wide Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action & Diversity Award for her teaching and mentorship. She enjoys critical pedagogy, participatory teaching practices, and mentoring students in all genres of creative writing and literature in English, Spanish, and Indigenous languages.
Dr. Salomón J.’s academic work has been published in Science for the People Magazine, The Critical Ethnic Studies Association Journal Blog, Chicana/Latina Studies Journal, and a critically acclaimed chapter on the use of social justice narratives in Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change (Policy Press 2015). Dr. Salomón J. is a multi-lingual poet, playwright, and essayist whose creative work has been published in the U.S., Mexico, and U.K. Her current book project examines the history of non-federally recognized Indigenous laborers on the U.S.-Mexico border, Indigenous descendant poetics, and the formation of an Indigenous border analysis through a critique of the overlapping transfigurations of Spanish and U.S. colonialism on Indigenous lands. She employs methodologies that range from archival analysis, critical geography, ecomemory, literary poetics and discourse analysis, oral history, and Indigenous feminist theory to flesh speculative histories, theorize Indigenous descendant relationships to fire, water, land, and consider abolitionist decolonial futurities.
Visit her personal website at http://www.amrahsalomon.com.
Indigenous, Native American, and American Indian Studies
Latin American Studies
Literature and the Environment
Third World Studies
Amrah Salomón J. received the prestigious 2020-2021 University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in English at UC Riverside to transform her dissertation "Returning to Yuma: Regeneración and Futures of Autonomy" into a monograph.
Returning to Yuma: Regeneración and futures of autonomy. PhD Dissertation. UC San Diego. 2019.
“Chapter 15: Offering our stories: resistance narratives and the marketing of justice.” Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change. Ed. Andrew Jolivette. Bristol, UK: Policy Press. 2015.
"There were pieces I spent a long time trying to find again (when the university tried to break my spirit)." Nexus: Complicating community and centering the self, a 20 year retrospective of a college-based community center. Ed. Edwina Welch, Joseph Raunto-Ramirez, Nancy Magpusao and Sandra Amon. Cognella, Inc. 2015. Print.
Articles & Chapters:
- “Teaching about power and inequality when qualitative methods are devalued.” Critical Ethnic Studies Association Journal Blog. August 4, 2019. https://www.criticalethnicstudiesjournal.org/blog/2019/8/4/teaching-about-power-and-inequity-when-qualitative-methods-are-devalued
- “No Comemos Baterías: Solidarity Science Against False Climate Change Solutions.” co-authored with M. Brito-Millán, A. Cheng, E. Harrison, M. Mendoza Martinez, R. Sugla, M. Belmonte, L. Quintanilla, J. Guzman-Morales, and A. Martinez. Science for the People. The Return of Radical Science. Spring 2019.
- “When Social Media Becomes Social Justice: Denuncias Inside/Outside of Chicano/a Studies”. Chicana / Latina Studies Journal. Spring 2014.
- "Top 4 Native authors changing the game.” Buzzfeed. Student Assignment Publication, co-authored with students. https://www.buzzfeed.com/skegchu/top-4-indigenous-authors-changing-the-game-3noxb
- Yellow Medicine Review 2019.
- Mujeres de Maiz Zine 2016.
- Hijo del Ahuizote. Mexico City, Mexico. 2015. Special Edition Broadside.
- Wild Tongue: Seeds of Resistance Flor y Canto. 2014.
Projects (Initiatives, Grants, etc.):
In 2021-2022 Amrah Salomón J. will be launching a new Indigenous and Ethnic Studies focused research lab Regeneración Lab: Abolition, Liberation, Decolonization, Autonomía, & Autogestión at UCSB that will be a creative, transdisciplinary space for critical work engaging communities in resistance, Indigenous sovereignty, and transformative poetics.
Dr. Salomón J. is the principle investigator of Reclaiming Homelands: Mapping Indigenous Place Names of North San Diego County, a digital humanities and historical sovereignty project in collaboration with Rincon Youth Storytellers, funded by the University of California Critical Mission Studies Initiative. This project seeks to redress genocide, settler colonialism, and erasure by empowering Indigenous youth to reclaim traditional place names of north San Diego county Indigenous peoples- Kumeyaay, Payomkawichum (Luiseño), and Cupeño. This project centers intergenerational cultural revitalization by bringing youth and elders together to develop and revitalize Indigenous knowledge. Indigenous youth will design a website in collaboration with the Regeneración Lab and a printed map to present an Indigenous narrative of places currently occupied by Spanish missions and settler communities. Our goal is that this map be disseminated to K-12 educators and Mission gift shops in order to provide a counter narrative to the Mission story learned by most Californians in which Indigenous knowledges and peoples are erased and settlers are centered. By reasserting the Indigenous names of places we will assert Indigenous California peoples’ survival instead of erasure.
Amrah is a member of the interdisciplinary UCSB American Indian and Indigenous Collective research initiative, which maintains the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Minor and is developing plans for a new major and graduate course offerings, along with a robust offering of student engagement projects, conferences, and community-led projects. https://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/indigenous-peoples/
Amrah is a co-founder of Rez Beats, an Indigenous youth performance space and open mic series developed through Native Connections at Indian Health Council of Southern California and Rincon Youth Storytellers. https://www.youtube.com/c/IndianHealthCouncil/videos
Dr. Salomón J. is an active member of Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice, a collective of scientists, artists, and activists utilizing science and research to support Indigenous sovereignty and climate change resistance. We provide research and convivial tools directly to Indigenous nations and marginalized communities in resistance to extraction. Our current work exposes the negative impacts of so-called green or sustainable technologies on Indigenous peoples around the world, including robust critiques of electric vehicles and the Green New Deal. We also work directly with Indigenous communities in California and the Southwest to support resistance to extraction and settler colonial development projects and we engage with abolitionist movements from Black Lives Matters to refugee rights organizing and detention resistance. http://www.the-ciej.org
Dr. Salomón J. founded and directed the UCSD Community and Labor Project, a unique academic initiative supported by the UCLA Labor Center to develop research justice based practices for community-university partnerships. http://labor.ucsd.edu
“Beyond Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” CounterSpin National Radio Show. Oct. 12, 2018 https://fair.org/home/teresa-basilio-on-puerto-rico-communication-failure-amrah-salomon-on-indigenous-peoples-day/
“No Cops Needed: Collective Approaches to Violence and Sexual Assault Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex.” 2015 Chicana/o In/Civilities: Contestación y Lucha Cornerstones of Chicana & Chicano Studies. Annual Conference Proceedings. National Association of Chicana & Chicano Studies. San Jose State University Scholar Works. https://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/naccs/2015/