Elizabeth Castle

In her first documentary, Dr. Elizabeth A. Castle brings over fifteen years of experience as a storyteller, community organizer, and oral historian working in collaboration with indigenous communities. The film Warrior Women is based on research done for her book on the same subject of women's activism in the Red Power Movement.
While completing her Ph.D. at Cambridge University, Castle worked as a policy associate for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race at the White House.

Her dissertation on the history of women's activism in the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement qualified Castle for the UC President’s Postdoc Fellowship where she worked under the mentorship of Professors Bettina Aptheker and Angela Y. Davis at UC Santa Cruz. She was a delegate to the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa.

She continued her work as a storyteller as oral historian of race, gender, and social movements as at Regional Oral History Office at UC Berkeley before taking a position as a Native Studies professor at the University of South Dakota. Currently, she is coordinating an indigenous activist oral history project for the United Nations through the Indigenous People's Center for Documentation in Geneva, Switzerland. She is a visiting professor of Women and Gender Studies and the Black Studies Programs of Denison University.


Warrior Women

Program Affiliations

Documentary Lab
Impact Campaign Fund

Cohort Years

2015-2016 (Documentary Lab)
2020 (Impact Campaign Fund)





Documentary Lab
Impact Campaign Fund

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