Associate Professor Charlotte Coté (Tseshaht/Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation) has been teaching in AIS since 2001. Dr. Coté holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, a B.A. in Political Science from Simon Fraser University in B.C., and a Diploma in Broadcast Communications from the B.C. Institute of Technology. She is Affiliated Faculty in the Canadian Studies Center of the UW’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Dr. Coté is the author of Spirits of Our Whaling Ancestors: Revitalizing Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Traditions (UW Press, 2010). Her other publications include, “Indigenizing” Food Sovereignty. Revitalizing Indigenous Food Practices and Ecological Knowledges in Canada and the U.S.,” and “Food Sovereignty, Food Hegemony, and the Revitalization of Indigenous Whaling Practices.” She is currently completing her next book that focuses on the revitalization of Indigenous food traditions and ancestral ecological knowledge.
Dr. Coté is chair of the UW’s wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (a Lushootseed word meaning “Intellectual House”) Advisory Committee; a two-phase project coordinated by Dr. Coté and other UW faculty, students, and staff to build a facility on the Seattle campus that honors Coast Salish culture and architecture and provides a cultural and intellectual space that exemplifies the spirit of sharing, cooperation, and commitment to Indigenous knowledges and communities. Phase One was completed in March, 2015.
Dr. Coté is co-founder and chair of the UW’s annual “The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ” Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium held in May. She also serves as co-editor for the UW Press’ Indigenous Confluences series with Dr. Coll Thrush and co-hosts the UWTV’s Voices of the First People’s film series with Professor Daniel Hart.
Dr. Coté’s teaching and research interests include Indigenous food traditions and ecological knowledge systems, environmental justice, Indigenous resistance and resurgence movements, Indigenous film/media, and federal Indian law and policy. She currently teaches: AIS 270 — Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast, AIS 480 — Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence Movements in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, AIS 335 — Native Americans and the Law, AIS 461 — First Nations Government and Politics in Canada, and AIS 465 — First Nations Filmmaking in Canada.
Dr. Coté is very active in the region’s Native community and is the President of the Native-led nonprofit organization, Potlatch Fund.