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Leilani Sabzalian

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Contact Info

Office Location: 
130D Lokey Education
Phone: 
541-346-1535
Faculty
Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in Education
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Leilani Sabzalian (Alutiiq) is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in Education at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on creating spaces to support Indigenous students and Indigenous self-determination in public schools, and preparing teachers to challenge colonialism in curriculum, policy, and practice. She is also dedicated to improving Indigenous education at in the state of Oregon by serving on the American Indian/Alaska Native State Advisory Panel and strongly advocating for legislation such as Senate Bill 13, which requires and supports educators in teaching about tribal history and sovereignty in K-12 public schools (https://www.yesonsb13.com/).
Leilani is currently working on a book for Routledge Education Series, Urban Indigenous Education in Colonial Contexts: Survivance Stories of Teaching and Research, that provides educators and administrators with case studies to understand how colonialism continues to shape educational policy and practice.

Publications: 

Sabzalian, L. (Under contract). Urban Indigenous education in colonial contexts: Survivance stories of teaching and research. Routledge Education Series. Series Editors Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang.

Sabzalian, L. (Accepted. Expected January 2018). Curricular standpoints and Native feminist theories: Why Native feminist theories should matter to curriculum studies. Curriculum Inquiry, Special issue.

Sabzalian, L., & Shear, S. (In Press. Expected 2018). Confronting colonial blindness in civics education: Recognizing colonization, self-determination, and sovereignty as core knowledge for elementary social studies teacher education. In S. Shear, C.M. Tschida, E. Bellows, L.B. Buchanan, & E.E. Saylor (Eds.). (Re)Imagining Elementary Social Studies: A Controversial Issues Reader. Information Age Press.

Sabzalian, L., Malliett, D., & Helms, H. (Accepted. Expected 2018). Pursuing Indigenous education on Indigenous terms: Portraits of Indigenous education in practice. In M. Jacob (Ed.). On Indian ground. Information Age Press.

Sabzalian, L. (2016). Native feminisms in motion. English Journal, 106(1), 23 – 30.

Research: 

Dr. Sabzalian’s research areas of interest include: Indigenous education, decolonization, Native feminisms, Tribal Critical Race Theory, curriculum studies, and elementary social studies education.