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    SH 2523
  • Office Hours:
    By Appointment
  • Education:
  • Ph.D. Ethnic Studies, University of California San Diego
  • M.A. Ethnic Studies, University of California San Diego
  • B.A. Political Science and English (Creative Writing), San Francisco State University

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 (O’odham, Mexican, and European). Dr. Salomón directs the Regeneración Lab and is a member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice. She is a current Advisory Board member of the UCSB Environmental & Climate Justice Hub (EJ/CJ Hub) and the UCSB Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, & Public Life.


Amrah Salomón’s research and teaching interests focus on transnational and hemispheric Indigenous Studies, the U.S.-Mexico border and Latin America, Women of Color, Indigenous Feminisms, Queer Theory, Critical Geography, Environmental Humanities, Archives, Memory, Film and Media, Social Movements and Activism. She enjoys critical pedagogy and working with creative writing students.


Dr. Salomón has a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego and is a former University of California President’s Postdoctoral, Ford Foundation, and Davis-Putter Fellow. She 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 is also 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 tentatively titled Burning Fences, Mending Labyrinths, is about Yuma, Arizona through the lens of cross-border Indigenous communities, eco-memory, border abolition, regenerative Indigenous autonomy, and radically expansive histories and speculative futures of fugitivity. The book examines race, environment, gender, and border fugitivity through an abolitionist critique of how deserts, rivers, and outlaws are imagined in rural music, film, tourist sites, and mainstream local histories. Woven through are creative linkages that trace how cultural imaginaries intersect with material violences, extraction, and carcerality but also resistance. She also writes poetry and is working on early children’s literature projects.

Research Areas

  • c. 1800-1945
  • c. 1945-present
  • American Literature
  • American Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Creative Writing and/or Performance
  • Digital Humanities
  • Environment and Ecocriticism
  • Genders and Sexualities
  • Global Literatures
  • Indigenous and/or Decolonial Studies
  • Latinx and/or Chicanx Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies

Courses Taught