Kali Simmons is an assistant professor of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University. She holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Riverside. An Indigenous feminist scholar of Oglala Lakota descent, her work examines depictions of North American Native peoples in film and literature with an emphasis on the genres of horror and speculative fiction. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies and she has an essay on horror and Indigenous representation forthcoming in the journal Science Fiction Film and Television.
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