Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow, Native American Studies, Brown University (2014-2016)
Adrienne is a 2014-2016 postdoctoral fellow in Native American studies at Brown University, affiliated with the Department of Anthropology and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA). She holds a EdD in Culture, Communities and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her research focuses on college access for Native (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian) students and the role of precollege access programs in student success.
She is also the creator and author of Native Appropriations, a blog dedicated to pushing back against stereotypes and misrepresentations of Native peoples. As a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Adrienne is passionate about reframing how the world sees contemporary Native cultures. Through her writing and activism, she questions and problematizes the ways Indigenous peoples are represented in fashion, the media, and pop culture--asking for celebrities, large corporations, and designers to consider the ways they incorporate "Native" elements into their work. Her research interests in these areas include cultural appropriation, Indian mascots, contemporary Native fashion and design, the role of social media in Native activism, and the relationships between non-Native consumers and Native products.