About Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear
Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear (née Small-Rodriguez) is a dual PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Arizona and demography at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Her research interests are social demography, race and ethnicity, and social stratification. Desi's ongoing research explores Indigenous data sovereignty, specifically the enumeration of Indigenous peoples in official statistics and tribal data systems. She further examines the intersections and implications of race, identity, and tribal citizenship.
Desi is the Co-Founder of the U.S. Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network (USIDSN) hosted by the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona. The USIDSN helps ensure that data for and about Indigenous nations and peoples in the U.S. (American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians) are utilized to advance Indigenous aspirations for collective and individual wellbeing. https://usindigenousdata.arizona.edu
Desi is a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and Chicana. She was raised on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Lame Deer, Montana. She has served as a tribal researcher in the United States and Aotearoa New Zealand. In 2013, Desi was appointed to the United States Census Bureau's National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. She received both her M.A in Sociology and B.A.(with honors) in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University.
- Race and ethnic identity
- Indigenous data sovereignty
- Social demography
- Social stratification
Rodriguez-Lonebear, D. (2016)."Building a data revolution in Indian Country." In T. Kukutai, &. J.Taylor (Eds.), Indigenous Data Sovereignty: toward an agenda (pp. 253-272). Acton, Australia: ANU press.http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/CAEPR38.11.2016
Small-Rodriguez, D. (2012) "For Researchers Working with Native Communities: Reflections from a Native Researcher." Walk Softly and Listen Carefully: Building Research Relationships with Tribal Communities. Washington, DC: National Congress of American Indians, pp.21
Walling, J., Small-Rodriguez, D., and Kukutai, T. (2009) “Tallying Tribes: Waikato-Tainui in the Census and Iwi Register.” New Zealand Journal of Social Policy (36), pp. 2-16
Forthcoming:Kukutai, T., Broman, P., and Rodriguez-Lonebear, D. (forthcoming) Alternative Census Models: Implications for Indigenous Data Collections. Journal of Population Research.