Barker, Joanne

Joanne Barker is a citizen of the Lenape nation (the Delaware Tribe of Indians [Bartlesville, Oklahoma]). She earned her Ph.D. in June 2000 from the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she specialized in Native law and politics, women's/gender studies, and cultural studies. She is associate professor in the American Indian Studies Department at San Francisco State University. She has been the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship and the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. She has published articles in numerous journals. She is currently completing her book, Native Acts, contracted with Duke University Press.

Ethnic Studies: The "Stress Test" of Education in California

joanne barker.jpgJoanne Barker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, American Indian Studies Department
College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University

If public higher education in California were put to a "stress test," one measure of its health would be the condition of Ethnic Studies. This is because Ethnic Studies came about as a result of an historic alliance between faculty, staff, students, and members of local communities to make the state's universities relevant and responsible to the large numbers of Californians who were once excluded from college curriculum and opportunity.