Ian Khara Ellasante

Ian Khara Ellasante

Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies


Gender and Sexuality Studies

Pettengill Hall, Room 211



Ian Khara Ellasante is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies. They are a cultural studies theorist whose current research engages the peoplehoood matrix–a core theoretical construct developed by Indigenous scholars–to examine the persistence of Indigenous and Black cultural identities within the oppressive milieu of settler colonialism and its associated regimes. In this context, Professor Ellasante examines the history and reclamation of Indigenous extra-binary gender systems and Two-Spirit traditions, Black and Indigenous feminisms, and the resistance inherent in Black and Indigenous trans and queer cultures. As a community-based participatory researcher, they have worked alongside and on behalf of LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit youth communities for over a decade to increase access to stable housing and affirming learning environments.

Pronouns: they/them and he/him

2019-2020 Courses

  • GSS 206 – Gender Traditions and Transformations in the Americas
  • GSS 313 – Gender in American Indian Literature
  • GSS 205 – Queer Indigenous Studies
  • GSS 312 – Trans Narratives of Self