Visiting Assistant Professor
Amrah Salomón J. is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English (Emphasis American Indian and
Indigenous Studies) at the University of California Santa Barbara. She is a new 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.
Dr. Salomón J. is a multi-lingual poet, playwright, and essayist whose work has been published
in literary journals in the U.S. and Mexico. She enjoys teaching courses and mentoring students
in all genres of creative writing and literature in English, Spanish, and Indigenous languages. She
completed her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California San Diego where she
founded and directed the UCSD Community and Labor Project, co-founded the Native youth
performance project Rez Beats, is a member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental
Justice, and was awarded 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 with
local Native American communities. In 2015 she was awarded the UCSD University Wide Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action & Diversity Award for her teaching and mentorship. Dr.
Salomón J.’s academic work has been published in Chicana/Latina Studies Journal and Science
for the People Magazine and she has forthcoming work in Theory & Event. Dr. Salomón J. also
has a book chapter in Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change (Policy Press 2015) and
a forthcoming chapter in Critical Latinx Indigeneities (TBA).
Her current 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 water, and consider abolitionist decolonial futurities.