Director of Native American Studies
Dr. Erica Tom is the Director of Native American Studies. She also teaches upper and lower division courses in the American Multicultural Studies Department and the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies. Her original courses include AMCS 125 "Multicultural Communication: Listening, Speaking, and Presenting," and Libs 320 "Art in the Anthropocene: Trauma, Healing, Humans, and Other Animals."
Dr. Tom situates her research at the intersections of Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Animal Studies, and Women and Gender Studies. Her current study centers on the interconnectedness of racial and environmental justice, and (un)natural disasters. As a multi-species ethnographer, Erica experiments in somatic practices with non-human animals. Her poetry and scholarly publications have appeared in Women Studies Quarterly, The Pomona Valley Review, Humanimalia, and two edited collections Racial Ecologies (2017) and Moving Ideas: Multimodal Learning in Communities and Classrooms (2015).
Dr. Tom also works with C.A.S.E. in the Summer Bridge Program to support EOP first generation college students, Puerta students, Seawolf Scholars, and Native American students. Bringing trauma-informed practices and resilience training to education, Dr. Tom integrates Mind-Body Medicine techniques and methods into her teaching, community engaged research, and public scholarship.
Dr. Tom earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark in 2017. She earned her M.A. in English Literature from Sonoma State University in 2012, and her B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Classical Studies from the University of Washington in 2007.