Angela Gonzales, Spider Clan from Shungopavy Village
Dr. Angela Gonzales (Hopi) recently gave her final classroom
instruction at the Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where she served
as Professor of Development Sociology and Indigenous Studies since
She is the only Hopi Tribal member to serve as faculty at the
Ivy league school.
Gonzales is now moving cross country to join the faculty at
Arizona State University in the Fall.
This is significant as she is choosing to leave the dream
job of any professor to be closer to home to apply her skills,
said Arizona Regent LuAnn Leonard.
The move will bring Gonzales closer to home in the Village of
Shungopavi on the Hopi Reservation.
Since joining the faculty in 2002, her research has been focused
on understanding and addressing disparities in the prevention, detection
and treatment of cancer and cancer-related health conditions among
Gonzales worked to ensure that her research could be applied
and benefit the Hopi communities. She traveled many times to the
Hopi reservation to conduct and apply her research.
Gonzales holds a BA in Sociology from the University of California,
Riverside; an MA in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard
Graduate School of Education; and a PhD in Sociology from Harvard
Gonzales served as a fellow in the Native Investigator Development
Program at the Native Elder Research Center/Resource Center for
Minority Aging Research at the University of Colorado, Denver Health
Sciences Center, from 2006-2007.
In 2008 she received a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Research
Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research under
the University of Washingtons Native People for Cancer Control
program, a Community Networks Program (CNP) funded by NCI.
One of her projects, Enhancing Cervical Cancer Prevention Strategies
among Hopi Women and Adolescents, is an NCI funded study examining
the lifespan of human papillomavirus (HPV) prevention and screening.
In partnership with the Hopi Tribe, the two-part study examined
the presence of high-risk HPV types and variants in American Indian
women and increase HPV vaccination rates among girls aged 9-12 years.
The results will provide insights into service delivery that could
alter how cervical cancer and HPV are viewed and assessed.
As a Regent for the Arizona University system, I am very
proud that she will join the faculty at Arizona State University
later this Fall, said Regent Leonard. Congratulations
Angela on this milestone in your career!
Dr. Gonzales is an Editorial Board Member of the Hopi Tutuveni.