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Jenell Navarro

Jenell Navarro

Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Cultural Studies

Areas of Interest

  • Indigenous Studies
  • Hip-Hop Studies

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About Jenell Navarro

Jenell Navarro received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University in 2011. Her expertise and publications fall within the fields of Indigenous Studies and Hip-Hop Studies.

Her article titled "Solarize-ing Native Hip-Hop: Native Feminist Land Ethics and Cultural Resistance" looks at the possibilities of Indigenous artists to outline a more holistic and decolonizing land ethic for the twenty-first century and is published in the journal Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society. Additionally, she has worked on the importance of Indigenous language revitalization through the medium of hip-hop. In her article "WORD: Hip-Hop, Language, and Indigeneity in the Americas" she underscores the educational and resurgent possibilities for Indigenous cultures through the use of hip-hop as a revolutionary tool. Moreover, she also works within the area of Latina/o Studies, particularly within Indigenous Latina/o Studies. One example of this work is her contributions to the art exhibit at the University of California at Santa Barbara titled "Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: Roots, Resistance and Resurgence." In this exhibit she wrote all the texts for the contemporary Chicana/o and Latina/o graphics.

The courses she teaches also reflect these areas including: ES 112: Race, Culture and Politics in the U.S., ES 310: Hip-Hop, Politics and Poetics, ES 340: Latina/o Cultural Productions, and ES 390: Research Methods in Comparative Ethnic Studies.

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