Kimberly Tallbear-Dauphine, PhD, MCP, BA

Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies


Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies
(780) 492-9633
1-34 Pembina Hall
8921 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H8



Kim TallBear, author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science (2013), is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta. She studies the racial politics of “gene talk” in science and popular culture. A former environmental planner, she has become interested in the similarities between Western constructions of "nature" and "sexuality” as they are defined and sanctioned historically by those in power. TallBear is interested in how sex and nature can be understood differently in indigenous worldviews. She draws on indigenous, feminist, and queer theory in her teaching and research that focus on undermining the nature/culture split in Western society and its role in colonialism, racism, sexism, homophobia, and environmental degradation. TallBear has published research, policy, review, and opinion articles on a variety of issues related to science, technology, environment, and culture. She is a tribal citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota, U.S.A. and is also descended from the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.


My teaching interests include indigenous and feminist science studies (including animal studies and “new materialisms”), the politics of nature (Native Americans, nature, and culture; queer ecologies) and indigenous queer theory and (de)colonial sexualities. In Fall 2015 I am teaching the graduate seminar, Native Studies 520: Theoretical Perspectives in Native Studies.


I am interested in hearing from potential graduate students who desire to work at the intersections of science, technology, environment and/or sexuality, and indigenous governance and culture.


NS 115 - Indigenous Peoples and Technoscience

This course introduces students to the long and complicated relationships between science and technology fields, broader dynamics of colonialism, and increasing demands for Indigenous governance of the sciences and technologies that affect them.

Winter Term 2021
NS 504 - Directed Advanced Readings in Indigenous Studies

Prerequisite: NS 503 or consent of the Faculty.

Winter Term 2021

Browse more courses taught by Kimberly Tallbear-Dauphine


Beyond the Life/Not Life Binary: A Feminist-Indigenous Reading of Cryopreservation, Interspecies Thinking and the New Materialisms.
Author(s): Kim TallBear
Publication Date: 2017

Feminism, Postcolonialism, Technoscience.
Author(s): Banu Subramaniam, Laura Foster, Sandra Harding, Deboleena Roy, and Kim TallBear.
Publication Date: 2017

Standing with and Speaking as Faith: A Feminist-Indigenous Approach to Inquiry.
Author(s): Kim TallBear
Publication Date: 2017

Dear Indigenous Studies, It’s Not Me, It’s You. Why I Left and What Needs to Change.
Author(s): Kim TallBear
Publication Date: 2016

The Emergence, Politics, and Marketplace of Native American DNA.
Author(s): Kim TallBear
Publication Date: 2014