Angelika Ellen Joseph

PhD Candidate, History and Theory of Architecture, Princeton SoA
B.A. with honors in Psychology, with a minor in History, University of California, Davis


Angelika Ellen Joseph is a Mellon Fellow in Democracy and Landscapes at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks research institute in Washington D.C., and a dual-degree PhD Candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture and Humanistic Studies at Princeton University. Joseph is also affiliated with Princeton’s Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative, Effron Center for the Study of America, Program in Latin American Studies, and Center for Digital Humanities.


Joseph’s dissertation, tentatively titled “Red Power Takeover: Native American Activists, Colonial Landscapes, and the Design of Sovereignty,” examines the Red Power Movement (1969-73) as an architectural project for Indigenous sovereignty. Uniting spatial and cultural modes of analysis, this project explores the strategies by which Red Power Movement activists designed social, cultural, and political transformations, weaponizing landscapes shaped by their oppressors against the state and creating new worlds within old architectural forms.


Joseph’s research has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts’ Carter Manny Award (Citation of Special Recognition, 2023), and the Ford Foundation Fellowship (Predoctoral Award, 2020-23). Joseph has presented her research at the Society of Architectural Historians (2021, 2022, 2023, 2024), American Historical Association (2021, 2023), Western History Association (2022), and the Urban History Association (2023); published in eflux and arCAdigest; and exhibited at CIVA (International Centre for the City and the Architecture).