Annita Lucchesi is a researcher, scholar, and community organizer of Cheyenne and Italian descent, currently living on Wiyot territory in Northern California.
Broadly speaking, Annita's community engaged work and scholarly projects both are inspired by her experiences as a survivor of violence, and stem from a commitment to uplift other Indigenous survivors and those impacted by violence.
Annita serves as founding Executive Director of Sovereign Bodies Institute, a non-profit research institute dedicated to community-engaged research on gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people. Sovereign Bodies Institute (SBI) builds on Indigenous traditions of data gathering and knowledge transfer to create, disseminate, and put into action research on gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people. For more information on SBI, please visit their website, at sovereign-bodies.org.
Annita is also a doctoral student at the University of Arizona, in the School of Geography, Development, & Environment, and is pursuing a minor in Gender & Women's Studies. She is an Indigenous Data Sovereignty Doctoral Scholar at UA's Native Nations Institute, and serves as a Board member for the UA Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. She earned her BA in Geography, with a minor in Global Poverty & Practice, from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated from Washington State University with her MA in American Studies.
Her research interests include Indigenous and critical cartography, Indigenous feminisms, postcolonial geographies, Indigenous data sovereignty, femicide and gender-based violence, and Indigenous research methodologies. Her dissertation work examines the intersections of data, violence against Indigenous women and girls, and cartography, by studying how data on colonial sexual violence and mapping technologies are utilized in tandem to subjugate Indigenous women and girls and occupy Indigenous homelands.