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Michelle Brown

Assistant Professor, Indigenous Knowledge, Data Sovereignty, and Decolonizations

Office — CIC 125K
Campus — Tri-Cities
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Michelle Lee Brown is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Knowledge, Data Sovereignty, and Decolonization on the Tri-Cities campus of Washington State University. She is a recent Eastman Fellow at Dartmouth College in their department of Native American and Indigenous Studies, and recently completed her PhD in the Indigenous Politics and Futures Studies programs in the Political Science Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her work articulates Indigenous political praxis and futures through digital SF; she has published peer-reviewed work on the “Never Alone” video game, a methods chapter on Indigenous political theory approaches to videogame research, and “Liminal” – a comic in the recent Relational Constellation collection from MSU Press and Native Realities Press. She is part of the Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence Working Group, and her chapter in the Position Paper is titled “Wriggling Through Muddy Waters: Revitalizing Euskadunak Practices with AI Systems.”

Euskalduna from Lapurdi (Biarritz/Miarritze Côte des Basques), she grew up on Wampanoag territories around Buzzards Bay and now lives on Umatilla, Cayuse, and Walla Walla lands and waters. She strives to uphold her relational commitments to these communities and is grateful to be working with WSU and DTC to imagine and build otherwise.

More about her practice and praxis can be found at