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Dr. Angela Gonzales
To Join Faculty At ASU
by Louella Nahsonhoya - Hopi Tutuveni
Dr. 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 2002.

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 American Indians.

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 University.

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 Washington’s 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.

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