Kim TallBear

Kim TallBear (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) (she/her) is Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies,  University of Alberta. With Dr. Jessica Kolopenuk, she is co-founder of SING Canada. As the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience, and Society, Dr. TallBear aims to reduce biases in science and technology research and shape policy to support Indigenous peoples’ cultural and political self-determination. Through new curricula, research partnerships, publications and activities like social media, radio programs and podcasts, she and her research team aim to inform national, global and Indigenous self-governance and reconciliation work related to science and technology. Indigenous peoples have made substantial contributions to science and technology throughout history. But there is still more to learn about the value of integrating Indigenous science with western science. Dr. TallBear is the author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science. In addition to studying genome science disruptions to Indigenous self-definitions, Dr. TallBear studies colonial disruptions to Indigenous sexual relations. She is a widely-known Indigenous public intellectual and commentator on Indigenous peoples, science, culture, and environmental topics in both academic and popular print, radio, and TV media outlets globally. She is a regular panelist on the weekly podcast, Media Indigena. You can follow Dr. TallBear’s research group at She tweets @KimTallBear.