Professor, Organizer, Writer, Author
California State University
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian, author, and memoirist who researches Western Hemisphere history and international human rights. She is author or editor of fifteen books, including An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States and a historical-memoir trilogy: Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie; Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975; Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War. Not “A Nation of Immigrants” Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion will be published in August 2021. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades, and she is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. After receiving her Ph.D. in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University, Hayward, and helped found the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. As a veteran of the Sixties revolution, she organized against the US war in Vietnam, US imperialism, racism, South African Apartheid, workers’ rights, women’s liberation, and restoration of Indigenous Peoples’ lands and sovereignty helping build Indigenous Peoples’ participation in United Nations fora. She received the 2017 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize.