Joshua Horowitz

Community Member

I was born in San Francisco and raised in Mill Valley at the base of Tamalpais.

I am a cultural historian with an emphasis on the nascent field of Indigenous World History. I continue to be interested in engaged teaching and learning practices, place-based history, oral history, and digital documentary production. I have over twenty-four years teaching experience. I have taught in very diverse schools starting in a reservation high school in Montana, to Hawai’i Community College in Hilo, Hawai’i, and now here at SF State. My dissertation, "Nakona Wasnonya Yuhabi/Assiniboine Knowledge Keepers: Indigenous Archiving from the 19th into the 21st Centuries,” involved extensive archival research, oral history interviews, and relational connections across several reserves in Canada and Montana. I am currently enjoying teaching the History of Me and developing a multicultural family history pedagogy. In my “spare” time I enjoy creative writing projects, hiking, family gatherings, and exploring the beautiful Bay Area.


  • Ph.D., History (World, Indigenous, and Cultural), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 2014.
  • M.A. Humanities, with an emphasis in History, Dominican University of California, 2008.
  • M.S. Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Dominican University of California, 2003.
  • Secondary Teaching Credential, Social Studies, Dominican University of California, 2000.
  • B.A. American Studies, with an emphasis on Native American Studies, University of California Santa Cruz, 1994.

Courses Taught

  • History of Me
  • Bay Area History and Society (on-line)


  • Article, “Tatanga Ishtima hinkna Iyá Waká: Sleeping Buffalo and Medicine Rock and Nakona Dislocation and Persistence.” In Native American and Indigenous Studies, Vol. 5., No .2, (2018).
  • Poem inspired by Greg Dening, titled “Beached,” in the journal LiNQ (Literature in North Queensland), Islands, Volume 37, 2010. James Cook University, Australia.
  • Video, Short Documentary, “Azan-zan-na (In the Light) Returns: The Story of a 19th century Assiniboine leader,” for the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM), exhibited at Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums conference in June, 2012, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Also, shown on April 4, 2015, for the opening of They Came to Washington in 1821, The First Ambassadors: A Remarkable Look At Long-Forgotten History, at the Museum of the American Indian, Novato, California.