Who We Are

SIG Officers

2019 - 2020 AERA IPA SIG Board

Robin Starr Minthorn, Chair


Robin Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn, Ph.D., a citizen of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma and a descendant of the Umatilla/Nez Perce/Apache and Assiniboine Nations.  She is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington in Tacoma and the Director of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. Her research interests include Indigenous leadership, Indigenous based doctoral experiences, the impact Native American sororities and Indigenous motherhood in the academy. She is the co-editor of the Indigenous Leadership in Higher Education book published by Routledge and Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Higher Education published by Rutgers University Press.

Natalie Youngbull, Program Chair/Chair-Elect

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Natalie Rose Youngbull, Ph.D., is a citizen of the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and descended from the Ft. Peck Assiniboine & Sioux tribes of Montana. Natalie is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department at the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include the experiences of American Indian Gates Millennium Scholars, Native/Indigenous student success, Native Nation Building, tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), intellectual leadership and capacity building within TCUs. She serves as an editor of the Tribal College and University Research Journal (TCURJ), the first peer-reviewed journal focused on research based at tribal college. as the Faculty Development Program Officer in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Previously, I worked as Director of Student Services at Comanche Nation College and Retention Coordinator in the Native American Student Affairs (NASA) center at the UofA. My board service includes Student Board Member of the National Indian Education Association (2010-2012) and board member of the Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community (IPKC) of NASPA. I am a Gates Millennium Scholar alumna and mentor.

 Charlotte E. Davidson, Secretary/Treasurer

Charlotte E. Davidson (ASHE)

Charlotte E. Davidson (She/Her/Hers/Asdzáán) is Diné and Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara) and is an independent scholar who lives at Teejop (Madison, Wisconsin). She received a B.A. in American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University and earned a MEd and Ph.D., respectively, in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her scholarship and practice are deeply influenced by matrilineal pedagogies and focus on political questions and epistemological concerns linked to Indigenous higher education, Diné decolonization, and critical pedagogy.

Theresa Stewart-Ambo, Secretary/Treasurer-Elect

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Theresa Ambo (Tongva/Luiseno) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego (Kumeyaay territory). She holds a BA American Indian Studies, MEd in Student Affairs, and PhD in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (Tongva territory).  Theresa’s scholarship examines and characterizes historic and contemporary relationships between Native nations and public universities, specifically focusing on California institutions, to provide institutionally transferable policy and practice recommendations that forward respectful and meaningful engagement with Indigenous people and communities.

Renee White Eyes, Graduate Student Representative


Renee White Eyes, from the Quechan Indian Tribe, is a third-year doctoral student in Education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She holds a master's degree in counseling from the University of San Diego and a bachelor's degree in human development from California State University, San Marcos. Renee brings extensive experience with and knowledge of UCLA protocols and procedures, as well as a long and distinguished history working with American Indian students at UCLA and beyond.  She served as an Assistant Director/Native American Recruiter for four years at the UCLA Undergraduate Admissions office as well as Manager for two years at the UCLA American Indian Studies Center.  Renee's research interests include the admission process at four-year universities and how this process impacts American Indian students.

Charlie A. Scott, Graduate Student Representative-Elect


Charlie Amáyá Scott is a Diné (Navajo) scholar born and raised within the central part of the Navajo Nation. They have an M.S. in Human Development & Family Studies from The University of Rhode Island and an A.B. in Sociology & Honors in Ethnic Studies from Brown University. Charlie has presented and facilitated workshops throughout the New England area, as well as national conferences, such as ASHE, ACPA, and ACE, advocating for institutional support for Native and/or Indigenous students navigating the educational system. In addition, Charlie reflects, analyzes, and critiques what it means to be a Diné in the 21st century on their personal blog, dineaesthetics.com. Charlie is a first-year doctoral student.