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Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner


Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner (she/her/hers) is a Payómkawichum/Kúupangaxwichem (Luiseño/Cupeño) assistant professor of philosophy at Georgetown University. She is a first generation descendant of the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians in San Diego County, California. Meissner’s areas of expertise are American Indian and Indigenous philosophy, feminist and non-western epistemology, and philosophy of language. Meissner teaches and writes about Indigenous knowledge and language systems, specifically how those systems relate to land, climate justice, sovereignty, resistance, memory, feminisms, intergenerational knowledge transmission, critical social work, and coalition-building. Currently, Meissner also serves as a consultant on trauma and resilience-informed approaches to Indigenous pedagogy, decolonizing curriculum design, and tribal child welfare projects.