Dr. Charlotte Cote' (Tseshaht/Nuu-chah-nulth) has been teaching in AIS since 2001. Dr. Cote' has a B.A. in Political Science from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and an M. A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She also has a Diploma in Broadcast Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Cote's research examines issues around Native governance, politics, law, and sovereignty in the United States and Canada. She has published numerous articles that cover issues such as traditional Indian law and justice systems, the Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth whaling tradition and the northwest coast Guardian Spirit Complex. In July 2010, Dr. Cote' published her first book, Spirits of Our Whaling Ancestors: Revitalizing Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Traditions. She is currently working on her next book which will examine Indigenous food sovereignty issues.
Dr. Cote' serves as Chair of the University of Washington’s Intellectual House Project Advisory Committee, which is a project coordinated by Dr. Cote' and other Native faculty, staff, and students, to build a longhouse-style facility on the UW's Seattle campus. She also serves on the UW's Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) board.
Dr. Cote' is very active in the surrounding Native community. She is a member of the Potlatch Fund Foundation Board and has served in an advisory capacity to the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and the Northwest Folklife Festival Cultural Committee. As well, Dr. Cote' is an executive member of the Seattle Art Museum Native Arts Council.
Dr. Cote' teaches:
AIS 270 – Native Peoples of the Pacific Northwest
AIS 335 – Native American Law
AIS 431 – History of Indian Education
AIS 441 – Gender in Native American Societies
AIS 240 – Native North American Women
AIS 461 – First Nations Government and Politics in Canada
AIS 465 – First Nations Filmmaking in Canada
She also teaches a graduate course that examines Indian sovereignty and public policy issues.