Dr. Kaitlin Reed

Assistant Professor


Kaitlin Reed (Yurok/Hupa/Oneida) is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Cal Poly Humboldt. Her research is focused on tribal land and water rights, extractive capitalism, and settler colonial political economies. She is currently working on her book entitled From Gold Rush to Green Rush: The Ecology of Settler Colonialism in Northern California. This book connects the historical and ecological dots between the Gold Rush and the Green Rush, focusing on capitalistic resource extraction and violence against indigenous lands and bodies. Kaitlin obtained her B.A. degree in Geography at Vassar College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis. In 2018, she was awarded the Charles Eastman Fellowship of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. Dr. Reed is an enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe in Northwestern California. In her free time, she likes to play video games, watch reality television, and spend time with her partner, Michael, and her cat, Fitzherbert.

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

  • Reed, Kaitlin. “‘We Are a Part of the Land and the Land Is Us’: Settler Colonialism, Genocide, and Healing in California.” Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 42(1), 2020. 
  • Middleton-Manning, Beth Rose & Kaitlin Reed. “Returning the Yurok Forest to the Yurok Tribe: California’s First Tribal Carbon Credit Project.” Stanford Environmental Law Review. Vol. 39, Forthcoming 2020.
  • Middleton-Manning, Beth Rose; Talaugon, Sabine; Young, Thomas M.; Wong, Luann; Fluharty, Suzanne; Reed, Kaitlin; Cosby, Christine and Richard Myers II. “Bi-Directional Learning: Identifying Contaminants on the Yurok Indian Reservation.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16(19), 2019.

Book Chapters:

  • Reed, Kaitlin. “Cannabis, Settler Colonialism, and Tribal Sovereignty in California,” in The Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Cannabis Research (eds. Dominic Corva & Joshua Meisel). Routledge Press: Forthcoming 2020.
  • Reed, Kaitlin. “Obtaining Herbal Sovereignty: A Glance at Marijuana and Tribal Lands in California,” in New Voices in California Indian Studies (Vol. 1): Contemporary Politics & Culture. (eds. Beth Rose Middleton-Manning & Cutcha Risling Baldy). Forthcoming 2020.

Book Reviews:

  • Middleton-Manning, Beth Rose; Reed, Kaitlin and Deniss Martinez. “Becoming Storms: Indigenous Water Protectors Fight for the Future,” in Lessons in Environmental Justice: From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter (eds. Michael Mascarenhas) Sage Publishing: 2020.
  • Reed, Kaitlin. Native Space: Geographic Strategies to Unsettle Settler Colonialism by Natchee Blu Barnd (review). Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Journal. Vol. 5.2, 2018.
  • Reed, Kaitlin. Reservation High by Judith Surber (review). News from Native California. Summer 2018.
  • Reed, Kaitlin. The Land Is Our History: Indigeneity, Law, and the Settler State by Miranda Johnson (review). American Indian Culture & Research Journal, Vol. 41.3, 2018.

Non-Peer Reviewed Scholarship:

  • Reed, Kaitlin. “‘Operation Yurok’ and the Environmental Impacts of Marijuana in Yurok Country,” News from Native California. Spring 2018.
  • McElwee, Pamela; Fernández-Llamazares, Álvaro; Thorpe, Marian Ahn; Powys Whyte, Kyle ; Middleton, Beth Rose; Reed, Kaitlin; Sy, Waaseyaa’sin Christine; Moldawer, Alysse Marie. “Indigenous Ecologies.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
Dr. Kaitlin Reed
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