Bayley J. Marquez

Assistant Professor

Bayley J. Marquez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies and an Indigenous scholar from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. As an Indigenous scholar, she acknowledges that her work and scholarship takes place on Piscataway land. With a focus on space, land, material relations, and schooling, this acknowledgement is necessary to position her work within the structure of settler colonialism and her own lived experience. Her research interests include settler colonial theory, Indigenous education, Black education, the history of education, abolitionist university studies, and critical ethnic studies. She is interested in the connections between settler colonialism and other forms of racialized power.

Her research combines a historical and theoretical analysis of racial narratives and forms of teaching and learning propagated by white educational reformers in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Her current book project titled “Settler Pedagogy: Teaching Slavery and Settlement” examines the role of education in the production of settler colonial space and structures of antiblackness. This work provides a historical elaboration of forms of settler pedagogy which have spatial and material consequences, endeavoring to eliminate Native people and further anti-Black racism through instruction and paradigms of learning. Her work underscores the connections and intersections between Indigenous education and Black education, particularly the pedagogical projects that affected both groups and became a part of commonsense understandings of schooling.

Her archival research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Center for Race and Gender at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues. Her work has been presented at the American Studies Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, the Critical Ethnic Studies Association, and the History of Education Society.



Research Areas:

  • Settler Colonialism
  • Abolitionist University Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • African American Studies
  • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Race and Gender
  • Education
  • Space and Place



  • Ph.D. Education- Social and Cultural Studies Program (University of California, Berkeley)
  • M.A. International and Comparative Education (Stanford University)
  • B.A. Spanish and Portuguese (Stanford University)
Bayley J. Marquez
Faculty Information
Campus Address
Tawes Hall
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