Annita Lucchesi (Cheyenne descendant)


Annita Lucchesi is a Cheyenne descendant, and is pursuing a PhD in the University of Arizona's School of Geography, Development & Environment. She earned her MA in American Studies from Washington State University, and BA in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a survivor of domestic and sexual violence and trafficking, and currently serves as Executive Director of Sovereign Bodies Institute, a non-profit research center dedicated to research on gender and sexual violence against Indigenous peoples. As a geographer, her work addresses how Indigenous data sovereignty can shape or inform geographic research and cartographic methods, how Indigenous practices of mapmaking can be reclaimed and designed to foster Indigenous data sovereignty, and how colliding efforts to map data on Indigenous territories and the bodies of Indigenous women facilitate historic and ongoing violence.