Dr. Amanda R. Tachine is Navajo from Ganado, Arizona. She is Náneesht’ézhí Táchii’nii (Zuni Red Running into the Water Clan) born for Tl’izilani (Many Goats Clan). She is an assistant professor in educational leadership and innovation at Arizona State University.
Tachine’s research centers on exploring college access and persistence among Indigenous college students using qualitative Indigenous methodologies.
She is drawn to contribute to research that focuses on systemic and structural barriers that disenfranchise college access for Indigenous and marginalized populations. Her dissertation, titled Monsters and Weapons: Navajo students’ stories on their journeys to college, was awarded the 2016 American Educational Research Association Division J Dissertation of the Year.
In 2017 she was awarded the Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her work has been published in the Journal of Higher Education, Qualitative Inquiry, International Review of Qualitative Research, and other scholarly outlets.
Tachine was recognized by President Obama with the White House Champions of Change: Young Women Empowering Communities Award for creating the University of Arizona’s Native Student Outreach Access and Resiliency (SOAR), a multi-generation mentoring program to increase college access among Native youth and families.
Her thought pieces have been published in the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, The Hill, Teen Vogue, Indian Country Today, Inside Higher Ed, and the Navajo Times. She advances ideas regarding discriminatory actions, educational policies, and inspirational movements.