Oakes Faculty Fellows

The Oakes College faculty represents a wealth of expertise from the natural sciences to the humanities, and we are proud to have some of the top scholars in the world among our faculty. Our students major in nearly every discipline at UCSC—from economics and computer science, to theater arts and Latin American and Latino studies—and they are well supported by the depth and breadth of the Oakes College faculty and the extensive knowledge of our advising team.

TBA is Oakes's faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.


Renya Ramirez
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Anthropology Department
    • Humanities Division
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies, American Studies Department, Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 1, 307
  • Mail Stop Social Sciences 1 Faculty Services

Research Interests

Ho-chunk biography, Urban Native Americans, diaspora, transnationalism, Native feminisms, gender and cultural citizenship, and relationship between Native Americans and anthropology, citizenship, and anti-racist education.

Biography, Education and Training

B.A. University of California, Berkeley
M.A. Stanford University
Ph.D. Stanford University

Honors, Awards and Grants

UCSC CORE Grant, 2009.
Finalist for ASA Lora Romero First Book Prize for Native Hubs (Duke UP, 2007), 2008.
UCSC IHR Grant, 2006 and 2007.
UC Mexus Grant, 2005.
Rockefeller Grant, 2001-2003.

Selected Publications

  • With Kia Caldwell, Kathleen Coll, Tracy Fisher, and Lok Siu. “Introduction,” Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture. Palgrave/Macmillan (2009)
  • “Tribal Nation and Gender: The Activism of Cecelia Fire Thunder and Sarah Deer,” Gendered Citizenships. Palgrave/Macmillan (2009)
  • “Nacionalismo Tribal y Sexism: Reflexiones desde las Mujueres Native Americanos de Estados Unidos.” Desacatos: Revista de Antropologia Social. Septiembre-Deciembre 2009, no. 31: 35-51. (2009)
  • With Shannon Speed, Maylei Blackwell, Aida Hernandez, Rachel Seider, Teresa Sierra, Morna Macleod, and Juan Hererra. “Remapping Gender, Justice, and Rights in the Indigenous Americas: Toward Comparative Analysis and Collaborative Methodology.” The Journal of Latin America and Caribbean Anthropology. vol. 14, no. 2: 300-331. (2009)
  • “Henry Roe Cloud: A Granddaughter’s Native Feminist Biographical Account.” Wicazo Sa Review Journal (Fall): 77-105. (2009)
  • “Learning Across Difference: Native and Ethnic Studies Feminisms.” American Quarterly Vol. 60, no. 2 (June): 303-307. (2008)
  • "Race, Gender, and Tribal Nation: A Native Feminist Approach to Belonging." Meridians Journal Vol. 7, no. 2: 22-40. (2007)
  • Native Hubs: Culture, Community, and Belonging in Silicon Valley and Beyond, Duke University Press (2007)
  • "Native Americans, Cultural Citizenship, and Community Healing: Three Ethnographic Cases," Tom Biolsi (ed.) A Companion to the Anthropology of American Indians, Malden, Mass: Blackwell Publishing (2004)
  • "Healing, Violence, and Native American Women," Social Justice, Vol.31, no. 4 (2004)
  • "Julia Sanchez's Story: An Indigenous Woman Between Nations," Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies, Vol. 23, no. 2 (2002)
  • "Healing Through Grief: Urban Indians Re-imagining Culture and Community." Lobo, Susan, Peters, Kurt (eds.). American Indians and the Urban Experience. Tucson: Altamira Press (2001)
  • "Healing Through Grief: Urban Indians Re-imagining Culture and Community in San Jose, California," , Lobo, Susan, Peters, Kurt (eds). Journal of American Indian Culture and Research, Vol. 22, no. 4,Los Angeles: University of California at Los Angeles (1998)