I am a joint PhD Candidate in the Departments of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Chicago, where I am completing my dissertation as a Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellow.
My research explores the relationships between Indigenous language, knowledge, and property in this era of revitalization. It is set primarily at Hopi, the Center of the Universe (or, for others, an Indigenous territory in Northeastern Arizona), but also travels out from the mesas, following the displacement of Hopi material into different repositories and contexts.
My writing, teaching, and research is animated by respect for Hopi modes of knowledge production and circulation.
I grew up on Lake Ontario and have lived near the Great Lakes for most of my life.
Contact me: mcelgunn(at)uchicago(dot)edu