Professional Biography

Indigo Eriksen is a feminist, Freirean educator.
Indigo

As Assistant Professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College on the Woodbridge Campus, Indigo teaches both College Composition I and II as well as an occasional literature course . She returned to Virginia after a thirteen year absence during which she lived in Oregon, Mexico and Guatemala, and California. After two years teaching at Blue Ridge Community College in the Shenandoah Valley, Indigo relocated to NVCC Woodbridge where she is a permanent faculty member in a division deeply committed to student success, engaged teaching methodology, and freedom of expression. Outside of teaching, Indigo serves on the VCCS OER Leadership Team, The Northern Virginia Review Board, and the Woodbridge Adjunct Evaluation Committee.

Indigo completed a Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature with a certificate in Immigrant Literacies from San Francisco State University (2012). She also holds an MFA in writing from Mills College (2009) and a BA in Environmental Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon (2003).

Indigo is dedicated to advocacy work in her various communities. She spent three years working as an environmental and human rights advocate in Guatemala and Mexico (2004-2006). From 2010-2012 Indigo worked as a tutor to inner city high school students and volunteered as mentor to high school poets in the California’s East Bay through the RAW Talent program. Upon her return to the Shenandoah Valley, Indigo volunteered at the Harrisonburg Rockingham Free Clinic as translator, front desk assistant, and writer on special projects. Her current work  focuses on sustainable food activism and anti-oppression pedagogy.

Indigo’s academic research interests include world literature, with emphasis on the Caribbean and the Americas, gender studies, literature as social protest, post/colonial history and literature, representations of bodies and borders in literature, feminist and Freirean pedagogy, and food activism. She is currently working on her first poetry manuscript as well as a novella exploring immigration, masculinity, and family.

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