Annita Hetoevehotohke'e Lucchesi is a researcher and scholar of Cheyenne and Italian descent, currently residing on Tohono O'odham territory in southern Arizona.
Annita is a PhD student in the School of Geography, Development, & Environment at the University of Arizona, and is also pursuing a minor in Gender & Women's Studies. She is a graduate scholar in the Native Nations Institute's Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance, and a Board member of UA's Gender Based Violence Consortium. She earned her BA in Geography with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA in American Studies from Washington State University.
Annita also serves as founding Executive Director of Sovereign Bodies Institute, a non-profit research center dedicated to gender and sexual violence against Indigenous peoples. SBI is based in Northern California, but works alongside Indigenous peoples across the US, Canada, and Latin America. For more information on SBI, visit its website at sovereign-bodies.org.
Annita has years of experience in academia and higher education, community based research, cartography, community organizing, and advocacy. Her areas of specialty include violence against Indigenous peoples, femicide, gender and sexual violence, Indigenous cartography and geography, Indigenous data sovereignty, and Indigenous research methodologies.