Olivia Chilcote (Luiseño; San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians) is an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University. She received her PhD in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley where her doctoral research centered federal Indian law and policy, Native American identity, and Native California. She is currently working on her first book manuscript, which investigates the politics and history of federal recognition in California and uses a case study of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians. Olivia has received support and funding for her research from: the Ford Foundation, the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, the Institute of Governmental Studies, the UC Humanities Institute, the UC Berkeley Native American Studies Program, and Pukúu Cultural Community Services. Olivia earned her BA, summa cum laude, from the Ethnic and Women's Studies Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and her MA in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.