Associate Professor Charlotte Coté (Nuu-chah-nulth) 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 Degree 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 serves as co-editor for the UW Press’ Indigenous Confluences series with Dr. Coll Thrush and Dr. Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert and co-hosts the UWTV’s Voices of the First People’s film series with Professor Daniel Hart.
In 2010 Dr. Coté published her first book, Spirits of Our Whaling Ancestors: Revitalizing Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Traditions. Her other publications include, “Food Sovereignty, Food Hegemony, and the Revitalization of Indigenous Whaling Practices,” “Maintaining Harmony and Keeping the Peace: Non-violence and Conflict Resolutions in Native American Traditional Systems of Justice,” “The Spiritual Aspects of Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Whaling — The Guardian Spirit Complex of the Northwest Coast Tribes,” and “Historical Foundations of Indian Sovereignty in Canada and the United States.” Dr. Coté is currently conducting research for her next book that focuses on indigenous food sovereignty and environmental justice issues.
Dr. Coté is Chair of the University of Washington’s Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House Advisory Committee; a project coordinated by Dr. Coté and other UW faculty, staff and students, to build a coastal longhouse-style facility on the Seattle campus that will provide a multi-service learning and gathering space that honors Coast Salish culture and architecture. Phase One of the Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ project will be completed in March, 2015.
Dr. Coté’s teaching and research interests examine indigenous politics and governance, federal Indian law and policy, treaty rights, indigenous films/media, indigenous resistance and resurgence movements, and indigenous food practices and environmental knowledge. She currently teaches: AIS 270 — Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast, AIS 335 — Native Americans and the Law, AIS 431 — History of Indian Education in the U.S. and Canada, AIS 461 — First Nations Government and Politics in Canada, AIS 465 — First Nations Filmmaking in Canada, and AIS 475 — Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence Movements in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Dr. Coté is very active in the region’s Native community. She is President of the Potlatch Fund organization and has served in an advisory capacity to the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and the Northwest Folklife Festival Cultural Committee.