AIS@UA Alumni Highlight – A Conversation with Michelle Hale

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, Professor and Head of the Department of American Indian Studies (AIS) at the University of Arizona, interviews former AIS M.A. and Ph.D. student, Michelle Hale (Dine’), now an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University (ASU). The interview covers a range of topics including teaching experiences at UA and ASU, federal Indian policies, work among tribal nations, and the Navajo Local Governance Act. The interview was conducted on June 9, 2020 via Zoom. 

For more information about the Department of American Indian Studies at UA, visit: WWW.AIS.ARIZONA.EDU

Making a run for the desert

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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!