Michigan State University
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American Indian and Indigenous Studies
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GRADUATE ASSISTANT – American Indian & Indigenous Studies 
PhD STUDENT – Philosophy 

Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner is a doctoral student in philosophy at Michigan State University with a graduate affiliation in American Indian and Indigenous Studies.  Meissner received her undergraduate degrees in philosophy, English, and linguistics from New Mexico State University. Her areas of specialization are American Indian and Indigenous philosophy, feminist epistemology, and philosophy of language. Meissner’s primary research concerns Indigenous language revitalization and questions about the relationships between Indigenous languages, knowledge systems, and power. In addition to these foci, Meissner also works on and has presented projects concerning Indigenous issues in health care policy, data sovereignty, Indigenous feminisms and research methodologies, Indigenous conceptions of kinship and identity, and Indigenous pedagogies. Meissner recently published a co-authored chapter in the Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race (2018) with Kyle Powys Whyte, entitled “Theorizing Indigeneity, Gender, and Settler Colonialism.”  Meissner was recently selected to serve as part of the first cohort of the Engaged Philosophy Internship Program, and spent the summer of 2017 teaching, researching, and co-creating Indigenous language curricula and reclamation resources. An adjunct professor of Native American Studies, Meissner teaches courses relating to history, gender, globalization, and resistance movements at Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College. Meissner is of Luiseño (La Jolla) and Cupeño descent and an avid participant in the reclamation of 'atáaxum pomtéela, the Luiseño language.




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