Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy

Associate Professor


Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Native American Studies at Cal Poly Humboldt. Her research is focused on Indigenous feminisms, California Indians, Environmental Justice, and Decolonization. Her book We Are Dancing For You: Native Feminisms and the Revitalization of Women's Coming-of-age Ceremonies was awarded "Best First Book in Native American and Indigenous Studies" at the 2019 Native American Indigenous Studies Association Conference.  She received her Ph.D. in Native American Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research from the University of California, Davis and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Literary Research from San Diego State University. She also has her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University. Dr. Risling Baldy is Hupa, Yurok and Karuk and an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe in Northern California. In 2007, Dr. Risling Baldy co-founded the Native Women's Collective, a nonprofit organization that supports the continued revitalization of Native American arts and culture. She lives in Humboldt County with her husband, daughter, step-son, and a puppy named Buffy.

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Book Chapters:

  • “Xo’ch Na:nahsdetł-te Survivance, Resilience and Unbroken Traditions in Northwest California” by Cutcha Risling Baldy & Kayla Begay Ka’m-t’em: A Journey toward Healing. Temecula, California: Great Oak Press. May 2019.


Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy
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