Ph.D. UC Berkeley
Professor Minch is an enrolled member of the Susanville Indian Rancheria and earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley with a designated emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. His areas of research and teaching include critical Native American and Indigenous theories; the politics of cultural revitalization; violence, representation, and performativity; multimediation and the archive; and the decolonization of knowledge and cultural production. He is currently at work on his first book project titled, “Native Revitalizations: Transcriptions and Gestures of Cultural Return.” Focusing primarily on cultural revitalization projects currently taking place in Native California, the manuscript analyzes figurations of “cultural life” alongside practices of living again in the aftermath of a genocidal campaign, a spatial and temporal frame that some have labeled in California as being “post-apocalyptic.” Within such a largely invisibilized disaster, it asks how variously individualized and humanized bodies can ethically be reconnected to the multimediated detritus of settler colonial knowledge production without falling into the traps of (1) modernizing heritage and (2) an organicist and reactionary model of revitalization that risks cooptation by the settler state in the form of biocultural management. The project offers instead an inorganic and gestural notion of cultural return as soft prescription, one that opens up to other spaces and possibilities of sovereignty.
Professor Minch is currently participating in a year-long Mellon Sawyer seminar at Tufts University titled, “Comparative Global Humanities: Violence, Colonialisms, and the Conditions for the Human,” and recently held a postdoctoral fellowship in Native American Studies at Wesleyan University.