Philosophy Colloquium: Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner
The Philosophy Department spring 2023 colloquium series is proud to present Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner (Georgetown).
Meissner is an assistant professor of philosophy at Georgetown University. Her areas of specialization are American Indian and Indigenous philosophy, feminist epistemology, and philosophy of language. Meissner’s primary research concerns Indigenous language revitalization and questions about the relationships between Indigenous languages, knowledge systems, and power. In addition to these foci, Meissner also works on and has presented projects concerning Indigenous issues in health care policy, data sovereignty, Indigenous feminisms and research methodologies, Indigenous conceptions of kinship and identity, Indigenous pedagogies, critical social work, and Indigenous conceptions of trauma, trauma-informed care. Meissner is of Luiseño (La Jolla) and Cupeño descent and an avid participant in the reclamation of 'atáaxum pomtéela, the Luiseño language. Meissner received her PhD in philosophy from Michigan State University in 2019. Her undergraduate degrees, from New Mexico State University, are in philosophy, English, and linguistics.