Ho'esta Mo'e'hahne

Ho’esta Mo’e’hahne (Southern Tsistsistas and Hinono’ei)

is the 2017-2019 Scholar in Residence in Indigenous Nations Studies. Ho’esta completed a PhD in sociology at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2017.

Ho’esta comes to the Multnomah, Clackamas, Chinook, Kalapuya, Molalla, Siletz, Tilamook, Wasco, and Wishram homelands from the Apache, Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa, Osage, Pawnee, and Wichita homelands of the Southern Plains, and also by way of the Fernandeño Tatavium and Gabrielino-Tongva homelands of the Los Angeles Basin. Ho’esta is Southern Tsistsistas and Hinono’ei and is enrolled with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.

Ho’esta’s research examines the representational politics of Indigeneity, settler imperialism, and sexuality in North America. At PSU, Ho’esta will be completing a book project, “Spaces of Violence: Indigeneity, Necropolitics, and Los Angeles Settler-Colonial Culture.” Reading multi-ethnic literature, cinema, and visual and sonic cultures connected to Los Angeles, the project considers how the contemporary cultural politics of multi-racial, urban settler colonialism are shaped by historical and ongoing anti-Indigenous violence in the region. Ho’esta works at the intersections of Indigenous critical theory, feminist and queer theory, decolonial thought, literary, cinema, and cultural studies, and transnational settler colonial studies.



“Sampling the Land and the Trappings of Empire: Jaden Smith’s Moving-Image Settler Aesthetic,” Social Text Online, June 2018.

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

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


Contact Information:
PO Box 751 | Portland, OR | 97207-0751                                                     
Parkmill Building Rm 145   
Email: moehahne@pdx.edu 
Phone: 503-725-9677