Assistant Professor, UC Merced
Dr. Blythe K. George is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of California Merced. A member of the Yurok Tribe, Dr. George previously served as a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at UC Berkeley after completing her Ph.D. in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard University. Her research focuses on processes of adversity and resilience in tribal communities, with an emphasis on qualitative methodologies and database creation and management. Dr. George is world-class expert on Indigenous data sovereignty, prisoner reentry, and the missing and murdered Indigenous peoples (MMIP) crisis. She combines the empirical skillset of a highly trained social scientist with the intimate and unique local knowledge that comes from being a member of the Yurok community. As a scholar-activist, Dr. George emphasizes the role of social connections and the importance of data sharing, establishing data baselines, and evaluating existing tribal programming to help design those infrastructures needed to keep our family members safe from violence.