Annette S. Lee is an astrophysicist, artist and the Director of the Native Skywatchers research and programming initiative. She has over three decades of experience in education as a teacher, university instructor, teacher educator, program administrator, professional visual artist, researcher, and science communicator.
Designed by Lee (2007), the Native Skywatchers initiative seeks to remember and revitalise Indigenous star and earth knowledge. It aims to improve current inequities in education for native young people, to inspire increased cultural pride, and promote community wellness.
Annette’s work as a visual artist spans four decades. Receiving an MFA (Yale School of Art, 2000) with a focus on painting and a thesis show entitled Star Medicine, the work has since grown into the digital arts and social practice.
Currently Annette is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, an Honorary/Adjunct Full Professor at the University of Southern Queensland, Adjunct Affiliate Faculty at the University of California-Santa Cruz, an OpenLab researcher and a SETI Institute affiliate.
Annette S. Lee, Ph.D. is an award winning science communicator and civic engagement leader. She is mixed-race Native American of Lakota, Chinese, and Irish ancestry and community affiliation with Ojibwe and D/Lakota nations.
- Native Skywatchers Research and Programming Initiative
- We are Stardust
- Kapemni Performance, Native Skywatchers in Collaboration with We are Still Here MN and South High School
- Mi ‘kmaq Star Knowledge – Legacy Leadership Project – Collaboration with Carloa Knockwood, Serena Francis, and Susan Bernard
- Museum Collaboration with Bell Museum, Minneapolis
- Minnesota Historical Society, collaboration with Travis Novitsky
- Indigenous Skywatchers collaboration with UniSQ-Centre for Astrophysics and Duane Hamacher (Uni Melb)
- Astronomy Education Research
- Informal Science Education
- Science Communication
- Indigenous Astronomy
Prof Lee’s publications can be viewed here