Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Professor Emerita of Ethnic Studies, California State University

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is Professor Emerita of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Hayward. She is a highly regarded writer, historian, speaker, and activist in the international Indigenous movement. Dunbar-Ortiz has written extensively on social justice issues, especially in relation to women’s liberation and indigenous sovereignty. Her many notable books include Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment (2018), An Indigenous PeoplesHistory of the United States (2014), which received the American Book Award, and The Great Sioux Nation: An Oral History of the Sioux Nation and its Struggle for Sovereignty (1997). Dunbar-Ortiz’s latest book, Not A Nation of Immigrants”: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion, is forthcoming from Beacon Press (August 2021). In 2017, she received the Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Prize for “the achievements of her lifetime of tireless work.” Dunbar-Ortiz holds a BA from San Francisco State College, a PhD from UCLA, an MFA from Mills College, and a Diplôme from the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France.