Danika Medak-Saltzman

Danika Medak-Saltzman (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is committed to working in the broad field of Global Indigenous Studies while staying focused on the specificity of American Indian history and experience. With this as an ultimate goal, her work has explored the exportation of American Indian Policy to Japan in the 1870s and its influence on the lives and experiences of the Ainu people who are indigenous to parts of what is now northern Japan. Her current and future work examines the presence of Native peoples at World’s Fairs, specifically at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition.

By illuminating the manners in which Native peoples have been equal actors in unequal histories, Dr. Medak-Saltzman intends for her work to help nuance and complicate our understandings of Indigenous Studies, “America,” U.S. foreign policy, and colonial interactions. She is interested in Comparative Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies, American Indian history, Red Feminism, and contemporary cultural production.

Dr. Medak-Saltzman has taught classes in American Indian Studies, American Indian Literature (from a historical perspective), and Comparative Ethnic Studies for a number of years at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her doctorate. Before studying at Berkeley, she lived in Japan for three years where she studied at Nanzan University and taught high school in Iwakura-city in Aichi Prefecture.