Visiting Assistant Professor


Sam Aros Mitchell (he/him) is enrolled with the Texas Band of Yaqui Indians. He earned his M.F.A. in Dance Theatre from the University of California, San Diego (Kumeyaay land) and a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of California, Santa Barbara (Chumash land). He was awarded the Presidential Dissertation Fellowship from the University of California, San Diego, where he earned a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies. Mitchell’s work interrogates settler colonialism, asserting the Indigenous body as a place of knowledge, articulating this relationship to his culture as “scholarship through the body.” Sam has taught Indigenous film, theater, writing and playwriting analysis classes at UC San Diego, Cal State San Marcos, and San Diego State. He relocated to the Twin Cities (Dakhóta and Anishinaabeg land) in April 2020 and was among the first cohort of Native artist fellows at the Guthrie Theater, serving as Native Directing Fellow. Mitchell’s publishing company, Aros and Son Publishing, has just recently published a collection of poetry titled, Longview Road, written by Yaqui poet and writer, Manny Monolin.