Hugh Burnam

Hugh Burnam

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Hugh Burnam
Assistant Professor, Humanities, Department of Inter·disciplinary Studies
Office: M228
(716) 880-2570

About Hugh Burnam

Hugh Burnam (Hode'hnyahä:dye') is Mohawk, Wolf Clan from the Onondaga Nation. Hugh is a PhD Candidate in the Cultural Foundations of Education program at Syracuse University. Through an Indigenous Research Paradigm, his PhD examines Haudenosaunee masculinity and experiences of Native students in higher education. In his research, Hugh is interested in decolonizing the fabric of Western thought across borders and space through a critical examination of Indigenous time, histories, and futurisms.

Ph.D. Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University 2022
M.S. Adult Education, Buffalo State College 2011
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies- Ethnic and Minority Studies, Buffalo State College 2010
A.A. Humanities and Social Sciences, Niagara County Community College 2007


Research, Scholarship, Accolades and Published Works
Haudenosaunee Affinity Group Facilitator, Racial Healing for Educators, The Teaching Well (2021-2022)

Campus as a Laboratory of for Sustainability (CALS) Grant, Oral History of
Environmental Activism, Divestment, and Higher Education (Summer 2017-18)

The Haudenosaunee Thought Project, Graduate Student Public Humanities
Fellowship, State of New York, Syracuse University (2017-18)

Syracuse City School District Recognition Award, SAT Prep Say Yes to Education (2014)

Sunday, C. A., Burnam, H. O. (forthcoming). The Haudenosaunee Student Alliance: From Our Grandmothers' Tables. On Indian Ground: Northern Woodlands. Information Age Publishing. 

Fix, A. J., Burnam, H., & Gutteriez, R. (2019). Toward Interspecies Thinking as a Collaborative Concept: Autoethnographies at the Intersection of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Animal Studies. Humanimalia, 10(2), 128-149.


My Values and How They Inform My Career
I value family and community, who have helped me to persevere in my education and career.


One Thing Most People Don't Know About Me
I love to hike and explore new places. 


Something I'm Passionate About
Half moon cookies. #gocuse


A Lesson I Learned as a College Student
“There's no such thing as neutral education. Education either functions as an instrument to bring about conformity or freedom.” –Paulo Freire


Advice I Wish to Pass on to Medaille Students
Be intentional about noticing your body in moments of high stress. Breathe. It’s a life-giving action.

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