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Ho'esta Mo'e'hahne
Ho'esta Mo'e'hahne

Ho’esta Mo’e’hahne (Southern Tsistsistas and Hinono’ei) is the Scholar in Residence in the Indigenous Nations Studies program for the 2017-2018 academic year. Ho’esta holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Oklahoma. Ho’esta’s research examines how epistemic anti-Indigenous violence is reproduced in everyday representational culture. Ho’esta’s book project, Decolonizing Yaanga: Indigeneity, Necropolitics, and Los Angeles Settler Colonial Culture, considers how Indigenous peoples are imagined and erased in Southern California’s multi-ethnic spatial, literary, and media public cultures. Ho’esta works at the intersections of Indigenous critical theory, decolonial thought, critical sovereignty studies, settler colonial studies, and feminist and queer theory.

Ho’esta comes to the Multnomah, Clackamas, Chinook, Kalapuya, Molalla, Siletz, Tilamook, Wasco, and Wishram homelands of the Southwestern Columbia River Basin from the Apache, Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa, Osage, Pawnee, and Wichita homelands of the Southern Plains and also by way of the Fernandeño Tataviam and Gabrielino-Tongva homelands of the Los Angeles Basin.



“Animating the Indigenous and ‘Going Native’ in the City: Kent Mackenzie’s The Exiles,” Western American Literature (52.1) Spring 2017, 75-94, special issue on settler colonialism and Western American culture.

“The Decolonial Horizons Collective,” (with Sarah Fong, Rebekah Garrison, and Macarena Gómez-Barris) Amerasia Journal (42.3) 2016, 129-141.