Law & Policy

40 Women to Watch 2019: Kim TallBear is an indigenous academic examining the intersection of science and race


Kim TallBear

Kim TallBear is part of The Tempest’s 40 Women to Watch 2019, which spotlights extraordinary women and femmes making waves in their industries or passions of choice.

Dr. Kim TallBear is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, specializing in the intersections of science and race. In her work, she tackles Indigenous rights to technology, settler sexuality, and genetic science.

Dr. TallBear is also the first ever Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience and Environment and is working to build a research and training program at the University of Alberta that encourages Indigenous peoples’ engagement with science and technology. 

She is the author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science, a compelling read examining the implications of genetic and DNA testing within a socio-cultural context. In 2018, Dr. Kim TallBear’s response to Elizabeth Warren’s claims to Cherokee ancestry went viral and reminded everyone how science can be used to eradicate socio-political contexts.