Making a run for the desert


Seated at the UofI AIS Director’s Desk

I am excited to announce that I will be leaving the University of Illinois soon to begin a new appointment as Professor and Head of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona!

After 13 years at the UofI, I am finally making my way back to the Southwest and closer to family and the larger Hopi community.

I will be leaving wonderful colleagues and friends in the American Indian Studies Program and the Department of History, terrific students, and a very supportive College and campus administration.

But I will be joining a highly respected and established AIS department, a community of outstanding faculty and students, and a university (and program) that I have always wanted to work at.

Needless to say, I am thrilled to be making this run for the desert and taking part (once again) in the second wave of Hopi migration.

To the fence and back!

13 Responses to “Making a run for the desert”

  1. 1 mayskyle July 1, 2019 at 10:32 am


    Congrats, dude! Enjoy the warmer weather!

    Peace, Kyle Mays

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. 3 Russell Cooata July 1, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Good to have you back at U A , and at Hopi.

  3. 5 Russell Cooata Jr. July 1, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Thank you for you information , Russell Cooata.

  4. 6 theron w reece July 1, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    congradulations well overdue to a wonderful man that you are. theron reece

  5. 8 dradrea July 1, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Congratulations, Matt!

    Best, Adrea.

    Sent from my iPhone


  6. 10 Alejandro De La Garza July 1, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Congratulations, Professor! I’m sure your colleagues in Illinois will miss you terribly, but wherever you go, I’m sure you’ll always make a positive difference and a lasting impact.

  7. 12 Brian Klopotek October 17, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Wow, big move! Best wishes to you, buddy! Just showing your film in class today. Such a valuable resource!

    • 13 Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert October 26, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks, Brian! I hope your students enjoyed the film. I’m really glad to know that it is being used in the classroom. Yes, a big move indeed. Not the easiest of transitions for my family, but we are feeling more settled each day. And I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the AIS Dept at UA. Wonderful colleagues and lots of support from the administration.

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