Cassandra Smith is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses upon the intersection of Native American Art, Architecture, and Performance and Indigenous Studies. Cassandra's dissertation is "The Kiva Murals at Pottery Mound: Toward a Trans-temporal and Political-Ecological Analysis." In addition to working with faculty in the Art History, Studio Art, Anthropology, and History departments at UIC, Cassandra has studied in the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cassandra co-chaired a session on the intersectionality of indigeneity and performance and new media art at the 2015 Native American Art Studies Association conference in Santa Fe. Courses she has taught include Indigenous Arts of North America: Ancient to Early Modern, The Persistence of Indian-ness: Modern and Contemporary Native American and Indigenous Art, From the Vanishing Noble Savage to an Aboriginal Cinema: A History of Representations of Native Americans on Film, and Introduction to Art and Art History. Cassandra is a Lecturer in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a board member for the First Nations Film and Video Festival. Cassandra was a recipient of a 2016 UIC Provost’s Award, and she has been welcomed as a Visiting Researcher at the Eugene B. Adkins Study Center at the Philbrook Art Center and the Hibben Center for Archaeology Research at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. Cassandra holds a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Tulsa, an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an MA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago.