Kim Benita Furumoto

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Kim Benita Furumoto

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Kim Benita Furumoto (Yaqui) received a Ph.D. in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry and a J.D. from the College of Law[1]at Arizona State University. This year she is working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, "Racial Juris-Fiction: Federal Indian Law from the Discovery Doctrine to Allotment." Reading law as literary text, this interdisciplinary project traces the racial-colonial conceptions of Indians in U.S legal discourses, drawing upon critical race theory and studies of colonialism in various global contexts.

In another related project in progress, she is attempting to examine how the racial-religious otherness ascribed to Indians in western juridical-theological treatises was central to the formation of modern international law. Dr. Furumoto has also done legal work on tribal repatriation rights cases, and plans to continue engaging federal Indian law both as an object of critical theorizing and as a field of legal practice.

Her areas of interest include federal Indian law and policy, critical race theory, postcolonial theory, race and religion, and existential philosophy.

Institute for Social and Economic Studies/CrossRoads

In the mid 1990s Kim Benita Furumoto served[2]on the Board of Directors of Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies- sponsor of CrossRoads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists... and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.