M. Elise Marubbio is an educator and creative consultant. She received her B.F. A in photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her M.A. in American Indian Studies and Ph.D. in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies from the University of Arizona.
Her work weaves together American Indian studies, women's studies, and film studies. She is particularly interested in the ways in which Native Americans are represented in mainstream media and how they represent themselves as an aspect of visual sovereignty. This research fuels her growing interest in the aesthetics of race, and, in particular, the interconnections of race and power with issues of art, representation, and nationalism. Her publications include articles on the representation of Native Americans in Hollywood film in 2003 Film & History: CD-ROM Annual, The Journal of American & Comparative Culture, and Polemics: Essays in American Literature and Cultural Criticism, and in the forthcoming edited volume, Skin Flicks: Native Studies Scholars Look at American Indians in Cinema, Eds. Steve Pavlik and Tom Holm (University of Arizona Press, forthcoming). Her first book Killing the Indian Maiden: Images of Native American Women in Film (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2006) won the Peter. C. Rollins Book Award. Her most recent project includes editing a special edition journal, Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities Special Edition Native American/Indigenous Film. Vol. 29, No.3 (Summer 2010).
Marubbio currently serves as Associate professor of American Indian Studies with affiliation to the departments of Art, English, Women's Studies, and Film at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. She is the director of the Augsburg Native American Film Series and Area Chair for American Indian/Indigenous Film at Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association.