Past Recipients

The Institute of American Cultures, in conjunction with the American Indian Studies Center, the Asian American Studies Center, Bunche Center for African American Studies, and the Chicano Studies Research Center, invites applications for support of research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os. The Institute also invites proposals on interethnic relations that will increase collaboration between the Centers and/or between the Centers and other campus units.

Below are past recipients of the IAC research grant and their project titles:


  • Amanda Bailey
    Reclaiming Wellness for Landscapes and Communities at a Tribal College in Montana
  • Marcus Bear Eagle
    Retaining Language & Identity in the Face of Urbanism: An Analysis of Methods Used by Taiwan’s Indigenous Population and Other Ethnic Minorities
  • Sina Bear Eagle
    Lakota Interests and Oral Histories in National Park System Areas
  • Patrick Burtt
    Reclaiming Washoe History, California Gold Rush (1848) to the Comstock Lode (1859)
  • Lydia Faitalia
    A Matriarchs Tautua: Commodifying Matai (Chief) titles and its effect on PI diaspora.
  • Allison Ramirez
    United We Rise, Divided We Fall: Selection and Resistance in Pan-Indian Entities
  • Shena Sanchez
    Urban Girls of Color On The Beaten Track: Disciplined And Tracked Out Of College Opportunities
  • Gregson Schachner
    Hopi Perspectives on the Archaeology of the Hopi Mesas
  • Melo-Jean Yap
    Sister Scientist Outsider: Women of Color Community College and Transfer STEM Students in Los Angeles


  • Randall Akee
    Income Inequality and Income Mobility for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders
  • Jessica Cattelino
    Citizenship and Territoriality in the Everglades: Synthesizing Settler Colonialism, Racialized Labor, and White Property Ownership
  • Clementine Bordeaux
    UNTITLED (Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ)”
  • Megan Baker
    Promised Zone: Reconciliation through Choctaw Economic Development
  • Vanessa Cisneros
    Saginaw Anishinaabe Tribal Observer: Strong Voice, Strong Nation
  • Serena Does
    Mistaken Identity: Development and Validation of Internal and External Racial Categorization Scale in Monoracial and Multiracial Contexts
  • Preston McBride
    A Lethal Benevolence: Institutionalized Negligence, Epidemiology, and Death in American Indian Off-Reservation Boarding Schools, 1879-1934


  • Felicia Hodge
    Examining Type 2 Diabetes among California American Indians
  • Preston McBride
    Institutionalized Negligence: The Mechanics of Disease and Death at California’s Perris Indian School and Sherman Institute. 1892-1930
  • Jan Hauck
    Language Shift, Hybridization, and Revitalization in an Aché community
  • Juan Delgado
    Black as Indigenous: The Non-Ethnoracial Origins of “Black Communities” in Colombia
  • Temryss Lane
    Native Americans and an Emerging Identity in Soccer


  • Randall Akee, Silvia Jimenez, and Paul Ong
    Asset Building for Native Americans
  • Maylei Blackwell
    Remapping Abya Yala: The Continental Indigenous Women’s Network and the Politics of Scale
  • Jacinta Arthur de la Maza
    Ka Haka Hoki Mai Te Mana Tupuna: The Repatriation Movement in Rapa Nui


  • Clementine Bordeaux
    Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Voices from the Pine Ridge Reservation
  • Alexandra Mojado
    Does Public Law 280 Contribute to Domestic Violence on Southern California Indian Reservations
  • Jose Serrano
    Making Human Rights Civil Rights: Chicana/o Indigenous Consciousness and Transnational Human Rights
  • David Shorter
    Lutu Chuktiwa Film Repatriation: Giving Back a Film to Yoeme Community Member
  • Chantal Walker
    The Owens Valley Paiutes and their History of Water and Water Rights


  • Logan Clark
    UNESCO Safeguarding at the Local Level: Effects on Maya-Achí traditional dance
  • Elizabeth Fasthorse
    Components to Creating a Luiseno Language and Arts Project to Further American Indian Education
  • Alfred Flores
    Landowners and Laborers: The U.S. Military Expansion of Guam, 1945-1975
  • Ann Foster
    Documenting Q’anjob’al in Los Angeles and Guatemala
  • Ryan Koons
    Oral History of a Native American Elder
  • Paul Kroskrity
    Toward an Arizona Tewa Dictionary: Language Ideologies and Lexicography
  • Lawrence Mojado
    Self, Place, and Memory on the Pala Indian Reservation
  • Christine Samuel-Nakamura
    U in the plant-animal-human food chain near abandoned mining sites/structures in an AI community


  • Meredith Duarte
    Repatriation and the National Museum of the American Indian
  • Caitlin Keliiaa
    Washiw Wagayay Maŋal: Reweaving the Washoe Language