Myla Vicenti Carpio



Associate Professor


American Indian Studies


Arizona State University


Myla Vicenti Carpio, Ph.D. is a citizen of the Jicarilla Apache Nation and is of Laguna and Isleta Pueblo heritage. She is an Associate Professor American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. Vicenti Carpio with Dr. Jeffrey Shepherd is co-editor of the Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies Book Series with the University of Arizona Press. Vicenti Carpio’s first book Indigenous Albuquerque was published in 2011. She is currently working on two manuscripts. She and Dr. Karen Leong are co-authoring American Movements: Understanding the Ideological and Institutional Reasoning for Japanese American and American Indian Relocations, 1940-1970, which examines the institutional histories of Japanese relocation and urban Indian relocation and chronicles the development of a federal strategy of relocating racially marginalized communities with the intent of facilitating their assimilation into American values and society. She is also co-authoring a manuscript with Walter Lara Sr. and Dr. Kishan Lara-Cooper. “Salmon Wars on the Klamath River: Stories of Activism, Culture, and Resilience” focuses on the fight for fishing rights (using traditional gill nets) on the Klamath River in the 1960’s and 1970s. Myla Vicenti Carpio has also published on historical memory, urban/nonreservation experience, and sterilization of American Indian women and has presented her research in the U.S. and abroad. Her research areas include Indigenous history, urban issues, gender and sexuality, decolonization and food sovereignty.