Mo’e’hahne, Ho’esta

Assistant Professor

Kaplan 292
Tel: 310.825.4173 / Fax: 310.267.4339 / Email


PhD University of Southern California, 2017; MA, University of Southern California, 2013; BA University of Oklahoma, 2009

Interests and Research:

Critical Indigenous studies; Indigenous literatures of North America, Queer Indigenous studies; Gender and sexuality studies; Decolonial thought; Transnational settler colonialism; Comparative studies of empire

My work traces the politics of Indigeneity, sexuality, settler empire, and decolonization in the Indigenous literatures and visual cultures of North America. Working at these intersections, my first book project considers how 20th and 21st century Indigenous writers respond to colonial biopolitics, ecologies, and anti-Indigenous violence in the settler-imperial city.

Select Publications:

“‘In-Between Kumeyaay and Brooklyn’: Mapping Queer Indigenous Memory, Affect, and Futurity in Tommy Pico’s IRL.” In The Routledge Companion to Gender and the American West, edited by Susan Bernardin, Routledge, 2022.

“Radical Refusal and the Potential of Queer Indigenous Futures.” Amerikastudien / American Studies. 66.1 (2021): 253-57.

“Sampling the Land and the Trappings of Empire: Jaden Smith’s Moving-Image Settler Aesthetic.” Social Text Online, June 2018.

“Animating the Indigenous and ‘Going Native’ in the City: Kent Mackenzie’s The Exiles.” Western American Literature. 52.1 (Spring 2017): 75-94.



Interest Areas
• Native American and Indigenous Studies
• Sexuality & Gender Studies
• Visual Culture / Media Studies / Digital Humanities
• Ecocriticism / Environmental Humanities / Biopolitics
• American Literature & Culture