“Coastal Aesthetics, Environmental Justice
and Indigenous Futures”

This research cluster is founded on the understanding that humans are part of nature, and there is “no clear separation between the health of the planet and the health of the self.” The research topics center Indigenous knowledges to address planetary health using methods that “are directly rooted in community values based on protocols for living in harmony with all that have existed for thousands of years.” We propose to incubate research projects that acknowledge the university’s history of anti-Indigenous racism and center local Indigenous Peoples’ ecological knowledge about the land, water, and resources where UCI is situated in the unceded homelands of Tongva and Acjachemen Peoples. 

Research Cluster Co-leads

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Alicia Carroll, Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature


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Tiara Na'puti, Assistant Professor, Global & International Studies


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James Nisbet, Associate Professor, Art History


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Krystal Tribbett, Curator & Research Librarian, Orange County Archives, Library Special Collections