Appointment of Darnell M. Hunt as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

From the Office of the Chancellor:   Dear Bruin Community: I am delighted to announce that Darnell M. Hunt — currently dean of UCLA’s Division of Social Sciences and professor of sociology and African American studies — will be our next executive vice chancellor and provost (EVCP). A longtime campus leader widely respected for his … Read more

Appointment of Professors Angela R. Riley and Shannon Speed as Special Advisors to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Affairs

From the Office of the Chancellor Dear Bruin Community: I am delighted to announce the joint appointment of Professor of Law Angela R. Riley and Professor of Gender Studies and Anthropology Shannon Speed as UCLA’s special advisors to the chancellor on Native American and Indigenous affairs. These two outstanding scholars and leaders will build on … Read more

[Los Angeles Times] Carceral architecture is everywhere in L.A. What could the city look like without it?

Christoper Soto, Assistant Director of Development for the Institute of American Cultures, gives an interview on his debut collection, “Diaries of a Terrorist” with the LA Times! By André Naffis-Sahely Christopher Soto is the living embodiment of the best poetry being written in Los Angeles right now: queer, punk, pro-migrant, irrepressibly rousing and political, with … Read more

Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Votes to Dedicate $10 Million to Native and Indigenous Student Education

Los Angeles, Calif. (June 23, 2021) — The Indigenous Education Now Coalition (IEN), comprised of students, parents, community members, Tribes, and Native organizations, is proud to announce that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education unanimously voted on Tuesday, June 22, to dedicate $10 million to support Indigenous Student Achievement that will … Read more

Re-Appointment of American Indian Studies Center Director Shannon Speed

To: Administrative Officers, Deans, Directors, Department Chairs, Faculty, Vice Chancellors and Vice Provosts   Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Professor Shannon Speed to a second term as the Director of the American Indian Studies Center (AISC), effective July 1, 2021. The recent administrative review noted: “Dr. Shannon Speed has sustained … Read more

LA Social Science Book Series About Incarcerated Indigenous Women Migrants with Professor Shannon Speed

UCLA Professor Shannon Speed‘s new book, Incarcerated Stories: Indigenous Women Migrants and Violence in the Settler-Capitalist State, examines the myriad forms of violence that Indigenous women from the Americas face. Dr. Speed, UCLA American Indian Studies Center Director and Gender Studies and Anthropology Professor, characterizes the structural violence these women endure as “neoliberal multicriminalism” where … Read more

Director Shannon Speed’s Incarcerated Stories named one of CHOICE’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2020!

Congratulations to Director Shannon Speed whose recent book, Incarcerated Stories: Indigenous Women Migrants and Violence in the Settler-Capitalist State, was named one of CHOICE’s Outsanding Academic Titles for 2020! Every year in the December issue, in print and online, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. … Read more

[Daily Bruin] Op-ed: Americans should remember and honor Native American roots every day

By Kat High and Shannon Speed November 27, 2020 Nov. 27 is Native American Heritage Day. The first American Indian Day was celebrated in New York in May of 1916. The event brought to fruition the work of Red Fox Skiukusha of the Blackfeet Nation, who rode 4,000 miles across the country on horseback, eventually … Read more

[Daily Bruin] American Indian and Alaska Native faculty seek greater representation at UCLA

By Anushka Chakrabarti November 29, 2020 Shannon Speed knows every American Indian and Alaska Native faculty member at UCLA. “It’s uncomfortable being a faculty member where you know every other faculty member of your demographic category,” said Speed, who is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an associate professor of gender studies and anthropology. … Read more