Cogut Institute for the Humanities

Yara Doumani

2021–22 Undergraduate Fellow, Concentrator in History and Environmental Studies
Project “'Let this be a WARNing': Pan-Tribal and Transnational Indigenous Women’s Activisms, 1970s-1980s"
Last updated August 9, 2022, based on June 2021 biographical sketch


Yara Doumani ‘22 graduated from Brown with honors in History and Environmental Studies.

Her honors thesis in history, developed under the working title “‘Let this be a WARNing’: Pan-Tribal and Transnational Indigenous Women’s Activisms and Representations, 1970s-1980s,” investigates the emergence of Indigenous women’s Red Power activisms in the late 1970s and interrogates how Women of All Red Nations (WARN) and affiliated sovereignty movements spearheaded the fight for water and life and against the intersecting violences of settler colonialism, cisheteropatriarchy, and capitalist extraction in what is known as the U.S. Utilizing the Native and feminist presses, oral histories, multimedia protest art, zines, health and ecological studies, as well as federal government surveillance and legislative records, she will explore how these assertions of a uniquely radical liberatory political imagination have remained central to demands for just futures in the present decolonial moment.

She was a Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women Undergraduate Student Fellow, a Douglas W. Squires ’73 Racial Justice Fellow at the John Hay Library, and the editor-in-chief of the Brown Undergraduate Journal of Middle East Studies (BUJMES).