Natalie Avalos
Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Associate
Religious Studies
Natalie Avalos, Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Religious Studies, explores the religious dimensions of transnational Native American and Tibetan nationalism. Her doctoral dissertation demonstrates how continued and revitalized religious practice heals the effects of colonialism and provides the philosophical framework for both structural and personal forms of liberation. In her ethnographic research with the Tibetan refugee community, she is interested in the interlinking religiopolitical foundations of Tibetan identity and belonging in diaspora, such as building sacred relationships to land through ritual, collective Buddhist practice, and the Lhakar movement.