Ho’esta’s research examines the representational politics of Indigeneity, settler imperialism, and sexuality in North America. Ho’esta is at work on a book project that reads multi-ethnic literature, cinema, and visual and sonic cultures connected to Los Angeles and considers how the contemporary cultural politics of multi-racial, urban settler colonialism are shaped by historical and ongoing anti-Indigenous violence in the region. Ho’esta works at the intersections of Indigenous critical theory, feminist and queer theory, decolonial thought, literary, cinema, and cultural studies as well as transnational settler-colonial studies.



Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2017.

M.A., University of Southern California, 2014.

B.A., University of Oklahoma, 2009.


Sampling the Land and the Trappings of Empire: Jaden Smith’s Moving-Image Settler Aesthetic,” Social Text Online, June 2018.

“Animating the Indigenous and ‘Going Native’ in the City: Kent Mackenzie’s The Exiles,” Western American Literature (52.1) Spring 2017, 75-94.

“The Decolonial Horizons Collective,” (with Sarah Fong, Rebekah Garrison, and Macarena Gómez-Barris) Amerasia Journal (42.3) 2016, 129-141.

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