Carolyn Dunn

Faculty Advisor: John Carlos Rowe

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Biographical Sketch

Carolyn Dunn accepted a position at UC Santa Cruz as the Managing Director of the Ethnic and Cultural Resource Centers (American Indian Resource Center, African American Cultural and Resource Center, Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center, El Centro Chicano/Latino Resource Center, The Women's Center, the Lionel Cantu Queer Center, and the Center for Cultural Diversity in the Arts) in September 2010 and despite all of the changes to the Student Affairs Division at UCSC, she remains there still! After finishing her year-long Visiting Assistant Professor position in the American Indian Studies Department at San Francisco State, she very recently (September 2011) accepted a faculty position in the-not-quite-dead-yet American Studies department at UCSC, and is on the faculty curriculum committee to develop the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies program at UCSC. Carolyn's play The Frybread Queen premiered in March at Native Voices at the Autry to rave reviews, and her new book of poetry, Echolocation: Poems and Stories from Indian Country: L.A. will be publsihed this fall from Fezziwig Press. Carolyn, James and the kids are all adjusting to life in Santa Cruz and are coping with the face that their son started his first year of high school (sob) at Santa Cruz High!


  • B.A. CSU - Humboldt, 06/1986
  • M.A. UC - Los Angeles, 12/1990
  • Ph.D. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, 08/2010

Employment History

  • Managing Director of Ethnic Resource Center & Director of American Indian Resource Center, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2010 - 2014
  • Lecturer, Department of Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2011 - Present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies, San Francisco State University, 2010-2011
  • Lecturer, American Indian Studies, California State University Long Beach, 2006 - 2009



  • Department of American Studies & Ethnicity
  • University of Southern California
  • 3620 South Vermont Avenue
  • Kaprielian Hall 462
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-2534