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AIS Department Directory

Alan Lechusza Aquallo (Luiseño/Maidu) Ph.D., 2009 – Present
Dr. Lechusza Aquallo received a B.A. in Music from California State University, Long Beach,  an M.F.A. from University of California, Irvine and a Ph.D. in Critical Studies/Experimental Practices (CS/EP) focusing upon Native American Hip Hop, Identity and Native American contemporary culture from  the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Lechusza Aquallo’s academic focus is on Native/Indigenous music and the multi-media arts in addition to his work as a multi-genre composer and installation/performing artist.  Email


Patricia Ann Dixon, (Luiseño)  M.A. 1971 – Present
Department Chair
Professor Dixon received a B.A. and a M.A. in American History, with minors in Religious Studies and Sociology at the University of San Diego. Beyond the M.A. she has completed course work at the University of New Mexico in law, the University of California at Riverside in American Indian Studies, and the St. Thomas Seminary, Denver, Colorado in Religious Studies. Professor Dixon has held various positions on her Pauma Tribal Council including Tribal Chairman. She has executed the Department chair duties for more than fifteen years. Professor Dixon is also a lecturer and consultant on tribal governments and Indian History for local schools and colleges. Research interests are California Indians, tribal law, and Indians in film.  Email


Seth San Juan, M.A. (Yaqui), 2013 – Present
Seth San Juan received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego,  and an M.A. from the University of Arizona in American Indian Studies.  He is currently writing his dissertation in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego.  Some of his research interests include, Federal Indian Law, Borderlands, American Indian Education and Race and Ethnicity.  Email


Linda Rose Locklear, (Catabwa/Lumbee) M.S. 1974 – 2012 Emeritus
Ms. Locklear received a B.A. from San Diego State University in Sociology with a minor in Anthropology. She received an M.S. at San Diego State University in Counseling and a M.A. in Sociology from the U. of California, San Diego. She is a consultant and lecturer on contemporary American Indian issues for schools and organizations.  Her research area is ethnographic and documentary film on American Indians.  Email


Steven J. Crouthamel, M.A. 1975 – 2011 Emeritus
Mr. Crouthamel received a B.A. in Anthropology from Raymond College, University of the Pacific, a M.A.T. in Education from the University of the Pacific and a M.A. in Medical Anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research areas included Southeast Asia, California, and rural North Carolina. In addition, he did research in Nutritional and Medical Anthropology. His current research interests include ethnobotany, indigenous knowledge, family history and genealogy. Email


Adjunct Faculty :

Riley Alegre-Munin

Temet Aguilar (Luiseño/Diegueño)

Flora Howe (Shawnee)

Juana Majel Dixon (Luiseño)

Dr. Eric Elliot

Jennifer Garey

Tracey Cook-Lee

Richard Hosey (Choctaw)

Dr. Jean Keller

Henrietta Moore (Cherokee)

Diana Ortiz (Chinook)

Mark Vezzola

Evangelina Franco (Yaqui)

Lee Shenandoah Vasquez

Academic Department Assistant:

Teresa Alvarado Quainoo

Last modified on January 28, 2019

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