Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

The premiere international & interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.

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The elections are now closed. The Nominations Committee appreciates the participation of all members throughout the nominations and election process as well as those who agreed to stand for election. Your participation is a vital aspect of NAISA’s continued success as an organization.

The election results are as follows:

President Elect:
Aroha Harris
Caskey Russell
Troy Storfjell
Nominations Committee:
Jenny Davis
Jennifer Gomez Menjivar

Nominations Committee
Danika Medak-Saltzman and Julie Reed, co-chairs
Nepia Mahuika
Niigaan Sinclair
Veronica Tawhai
Adam Gaudry

Annual Meeting


Los Angeles, California | May 17-19, 2018

The NAISA Council invites scholars working in Native American and Indigenous Studies to submit proposals for individual papers, panel sessions, roundtables, or film screenings. 

Click here:  for more information.

NAIS Journal

2017 NAISA Editor Search


Dr. Jean O’Brien and Dr. Robert Warrior will complete their term as Founding Editors of NAIS: Native American and Indigenous Studies at the end of the 2019 NAISA annual meeting. The NAISA Council has initiated the search for their successor(s), whose appointment will be a four-year term beginning June 1, 2019. To assure a smooth transition, the new editor(s) will be named in mid-2018.


Position Description


The Editor or Editors of NAIS give leadership to the organization and production of NAISA’s scholarly journal. The awarding-winning NAIS is published bi-annually through an agreement between NAISA and the University of Minnesota Press. Individuals or groups of two or more are welcome to apply for the editorship.




Please submit a letter that addresses your qualifications and offers a sense of your vision for NAIS, as well as your CV. All applications are due by January 1, 2018. The council will conduct interviews at the 2018 annual meeting. Candidates for the position of Editor should be prepared to attend and participate in interviews at the annual meeting. We strongly encourage candidates to discuss their intentions with their academic administrators (deans, department chairs, etc.) so that they can come to the interview prepared to articulate the institutional support they will receive if appointed to the editorship (for example, course releases, graduate and/or other student or staff support, any additional financial contribution). The new Editor will be expected to be in regular contact with the current Editors during 2018-2019 to ensure an orderly transition, taking over full responsibility on June 1, 2019


Job Announcement: Assistant Professor (Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics)

Position Number: #84121

Date Posted: 08/01/2017

Closing Date: Continuous - application review begins 01/02/2018

Monthly Type: 9-Month

Tenure Track: Tenure track

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Temporary/Permanent: Permanent

Funding Type: General

Other Conditions: To begin on 08/01/2018, pending position clearance and availability of funds.

The College of Social Sciences and the Political Science Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have strongly supported the growth of Native Hawaiian and Indigenous politics as areas of research and teaching. At the heart of the College’s vision for a globally-connected Hawaiian Place of Learning lies an ethos of Aloha ‘Āina. The College of Social Sciences seeks applications from interested and qualified candidates for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor rank to sustain and grow this area of focus within the department and college. We seek scholars who approach Native Hawaiian and Indigenous politics from a critical lens, with an emphasis on engaged scholarship and community engagement. We welcome scholars with interdisciplinary training and research experience.

Duties: Candidates will be expected to teach courses in Native Hawaiian politics, Hawai‘i politics and Indigenous politics; advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, develop and conduct high-quality research, sustain strong community relations for teaching and research purposes, work collaboratively towards solving challenging and complex problems in Hawaiʻi and beyond, support the College’s Native Hawaiian Initiative, and participate in departmental, university, and professional activities, with a particular focus on developing interdisciplinary partnerships to advance the Indigenous politics concentration. The candidate will be expected to strengthen the college and university focus on Hawaiʻi and Oceania. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications:

Ph.D. in Political Science or a related field relevant to the position, with a research specialization in Native Hawaiian issues [ABD with all requirements for degree completed by date of hire considered] from an accredited college or university or foreign equivalent. Demonstrated ability to teach on Native Hawaiian and Indigenous political theories and issues. Demonstrated commitment to Native Hawaiian communities and/or political issues. Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed research commensurate with time in field.

Desirable qualifications:

Teaching experience with innovative educational strategies, attentive to issues of diversity; Ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team in cooperative endeavors; Ability to supplement the Indigenous politics concentration with a focus on Oceania/Pacific Islands, political theory, Indigenous governance, Indigenous epistemologies, environmental politics, and/or futures studies.

Pay range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply: Electronic applications only. All documents should be uploaded at this link: Submit a curriculum vitae; a writing sample in which you are sole author or primary author; a statement of teaching that includes areas of strength in teaching; a sample course syllabus; a cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, as well as how you would enhance the College’s Native Hawaiian Initiative; the names and contact information of three professional references; and official transcripts (copies are acceptable, however, official transcripts will be required upon hire). Questions about the position can be sent to Kathy Ferguson, Chair of the Department of Political Science, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Review of applications will begin Jan 2, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by that date will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The University of Hawaii is an EEO/AA Employer.