Beth Ginondidoy Leonard is the daughter of James and the late Jean Dementi. She is Deg Xit’an (Athabascan/Denė) and member of the Shageluk Tribe of interior Alaska. Beth married to Michael Leonard, and they have one daughter, Samantha Quinn. She is currently a professor in the Alaska Native Studies Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 2014, Beth was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Core Scholarship and spent five months at Te Kawa a Māui – School of Māori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington researching and teaching with Dr. Ocean Mercier, a Māori physicist. Beth is a member of the Alaska Native Studies Council, the University of the Arctic Indigenous Issues Committee, and a 2019 Arctic Indigenous Scholar (ARCUS/ICC). Her current research investigates the confluences of Indigenous methodologies, knowledges, and pedagogies in shaping Indigenous spaces in higher education.
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