American Indian Studies

Faculty & Staff

Scott Andrews, Ph.D., Interim Director

  • B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1987
  • M.A., University of California, Riverside, 1993
  • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 2000

Dr. Andrews is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He teaches American and American Indian literatures in the English Department and the American Indian Studies Program's course on popular culture. Dr. Andrews has published book reviews, essays, fiction, and poetry.

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Mariaelena Huambachano, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  • M.A., Massey University (NZ), 2010
  • Ph.D., University of Aukland (NZ), 2016

Dr. Huambachano’s current book project, Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Justice, is an ethnographic exploration of the politics of food security and food sovereignty of the Māori of Aotearoa/New Zealand and Andean people of Peru as seen through the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) lens. She teaches courses n American Indian Studies and in Sustainability Studies.

She can be reached at

Pauline Alvarez, Outreach Coordinator

  • B.A., CSUN, 2015
  • M.A., UCLA, 2017

Ms. Alvarez is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community (in Arizona) and is also of Tohono O’odham descent. She is the creator and editor of the zine Indigenous Ink. Her academic and political interests include the construction of Indigeneity, Indigenous urbanization, tattooing, tribal sovereignty, and Native feminisms. She teaches Introduction to American Indian Studies and American Indian Law and Policy.

She can be reached at