Advisory Council

Kirby

Department: English

Official title: Associate Professor and Director, Native American and Indigenous Studies

Why you're part of the NAIS advisory committee: To support Indigenous students and to provide them a welcoming, safe, supportive, and tightly-knit intellectual community of inside and outside of the classroom; to grow the intellectual and place-/community-centered mission of NAIS; to increase the visibility of Indigenous peoples and Native Studies across campus and around the region; and to amplify Indigenous faculty, staff, and student representation across campus. 

What you like to do outside work: Play golf, hike, camp, listen to music, pick around on the guitar and sing with my family and my wife, cook/grill/bbq, piddle for hours in the garden, watch films and binge interesting tv, FaceTime with family, host family and friends, travel every chance I get, listen to cool podcasts, hang out at the Longhouse and with the NAIS ARC, and generally have as good a time as I possibly can while also getting things done!   

Klopotek

Department: Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies

Official title: Associate Professor and Department Head, IRES

Why you're part of the NAIS advisory committee: My scholarship, teaching, and service are all rooted in Native life. I try to use my position to create structures that support Native people inside and outside the academic world; building a Native American and Indigenous studies program here at University of Oregon in Kalapuya ilihi has been one way to do that. 

What you like to do outside work: Outside of work, I like to root for the Packers, play sjima, basketball, and any other recreational sports, hang out with family and friends, do bad art, bad carpentry, and bad gardening, try out new recipes, fight the power, dream and scheme, live that good life.

Perez

Department: Linguistics

Official title: Associate Professor

Why you're part of the NAIS advisory committee: My work in Linguistics focuses on the revitalization of minoritized languages and more specifically, Indigenous languages of Mesoamerica and Northamerica. I therefore welcome the opportunity to add to the NAIS program a perspective informed by the experiences of Mesoamerican peoples in language revitalization and in linguistic rights more broadly. 

What you like to do outside work: Run, yoga, walk with my dogs, tend chickens, and grow and cook food for my family, especially food that I grew up with in Mexico.

Ostler

Department: History

Official title: Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History

Why you're part of the NAIS advisory committee: I'm part of the advisory committee because I love the faculty and students in Native American and Indigenous Studies.

What you like to do outside work:  I like to go on trail runs.

Jacob

Department: Education Studies

Official title: Professor

Why you're part of the NAIS advisory committee: NAIS is a crucial way that higher education is accountable to, and support of, Indigenous self-determination and Tribal Sovereignty. 

What you like to do outside work: I enjoy camping at the many beautiful places around the Columbia River basin. I also love to write! Check out my latest books, The Auntie Way and Huckleberries & Coyotes.

Leilani

Department: Education Studies

Official title: Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in Education

Why you're part of the NAIS advisory committee: Gathering with other Native studies scholars to ensure Native studies has a strong presence on campus brings me a lot of joy. 

What you like to do outside work: Spend time with my family, go running, and play soccer.

Jennifer O'Neal

Department: Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies

Official title: Assistant Professor

Why you're part of the NAIS advisory committee: I’m on the committee due to my expertise in the areas of Native American history, decolonizing methodologies, place-based education and Indigenous knowledge systems. I want to ensure our program supports, centers, and reflects Native American perspectives and ways of knowing, through respectful, reciprocal and sovereignty-affirming relationships and partnerships with the state and regional tribal communities. 

What you like to do outside work: Outside of work I enjoy spending time outdoors and being active, especially hiking, running, biking.

Jimmy
Jimmy Snyder (Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas)

Department: Education Studies

Official title: PhD Candidate

Why you're part of the NAIS advisory committee: I was invited to participate in this important work by UO Indigenous faculty on campus. I am grateful to be able to learn and share in the process of building this program. 

What you like to do outside work: I enjoy fishing, beading, and value time with my family.