Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Joshua Brown

Postdoctoral Researcher

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  • Ph.D., University of Montana, Cultural and Applied Anthropology, 2023
  • MPH, University of Montana, Community Health and Prevention Sciences Concentration, 2022
  • MPA, University of Montana, Emphasis: Politics of Languages, 2003
  • B.A., University of Montana, Native American Studies, Minor: Linguistics, 2001
  • Certification, University of Montana, Teaching English as a Second Language, 2001
  • Special Certification, Salish Kootenai College, Salish Cultural Leadership, 1999
  • Associate Degrees, Salish Kootenai College, Native American Studies & Bilingual Education, 1997

Research Interests

Joshua W. Brown is a postdoctoral researcher with the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA) at NSIDC. Brown examined Salish peoples food sovereignty and food systems while earning a Ph.D. in cultural and applied anthropology at the University of Montana. Brown is now developing research focused on Indigenous data and storytelling that contribute to ELOKAs goal of enhancing the use and usefulness of Indigenous data while upholding Indigenous data sovereignty. Brown’s previous work centered around revitalizing the Salish language within his home community through organizing projects and implementing policies. Brown co-founded Nkwusm, a Salish language immersion school, and established a Native American Language Teacher Institute at Salish Kootenai College (SKC). His work at SKC included exploring and teaching language teaching techniques, testing and refining the Salish language curriculum and improving the Salish language skills of language teachers in training through instruction and language teaching practicum. With National Science Foundation and other funding, Brown has also contributed to further documenting the Salish language in multiple formats. He is committed to helping Indigenous communities document and share their knowledges. He is also excited to work with an array of Indigenous communities, and others partnered with ELOKA. 

Current Research

Brown’s current research focuses on Indigenous data and storytelling that contribute to ELOKA’s goal of enhancing the use and usefulness of Indigenous data while upholding Indigenous data sovereignty. It include co-production of knowledge with Indigenous communities and academic partners, and producing multimedia for atlases documenting Indigenous knowledge. 

Honors and Awards

2003: Echoing Green Fellow
2014: NSF/NEH Documenting Endangered Languages Fellow
2018: Northwest Native American Research Centers for Health Fellow
2022: Montana IdeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Fellow
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