Ms Sandra Yellowhorse

M.A. American Studies, B.U.S. University Studies/Liberal Arts with concentrations in Native American Studies and Political Science (Magna Cum Laude), A.A.S. Legal Assisting

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Biography

Sandra Yellowhorse is Kinyaa'aanii (Towering House People) born for the French of the Diné Nation (Navajo). She was born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico in the United States.

Sandra's current PhD work is rooted in Diné storytelling which examines philosophies of difference and "disability" from an Indigenous perspective. She utilizes Indigenous intellectual pedagogy to examine the nature of being, inclusion, wellbeing and experiential learning predicated on Diné tradtional knowledge systems. Her work seeks to offer new approaches to educational planning  as well as influence disability law  and policy. In reshaping accountability mechanisms to support Indigenous children with neuro-difference, her work is oriented toward social justice through  rethinking education, promoting a deeper understanding of inclusion on a community level and facilitating wellbeing in the home, community life and school setting.

Research | Current

  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Critical Indigenous Studies and Settler Colonialism
  • Diné Studies/ History
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Disability Law
  • Diné Education
  • Indigenous Feminism
  • Indigenous Knowledge Paradigms and Indigenous Education
  • Identity Politics
  • U.S. Federal Indian Law and Policy
  • Military Industrial Complex
  • Prison Industrial Complex and Empire
  • Restorative Justice
  • Nation-building and Tribal Sovereignty
  • Eco-hermeneutics and Place
  • Visual Culture

Distinctions/Honours

  • Cobell Scholar
  • Gerald Davis Memorial Award, Department of American Studies University of New Mexico

Contact details

Primary office location

B - BLOCK. EPSOM - Bldg 6EB
Level 2, Room 205
EPSOM CAMPUS 74 EPSOM AVE
EPSOM
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand