Multicultural and Gender Studies

Vanessa Esquivido

Dr. Vanessa Esquivido (enrolled Nor Rel Muk Wintu, also Hupa and Xicana) received her doctorate degree in Native American Studies at UC Davis.  She graduated from Sac State in 2011 with her BA in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies with a concentration in Native American Studies. Her research focuses on California Indian Nations, Native Women, Environmental sovereignty, NAGPRA, and Northwestern California Indian Basketry. Her dissertation focuses on a tribal ethnohistory of the Nor Rel Muk Wintu and their struggles to obtain federal recognition. Much of her work is rooted in activism in the urban Native communities. 

Portrait of Vanessa Esquivido