Sunnie Clahchischiligi


PhD Student

Rhetoric and Writing

Research Areas

Cultural, Indigenous, and Navajo Rhetoric; writing across the curriculum


Contact Information

Office Location: Humanities 244


Sunnie Clahchischiligi, Dine, is of the Many Goats clan, born for the Water Flow Together Clan, her maternal grandparents are the Salt People Clan, and her paternal grandparents are the Under His Cover Clan. She is originally from Teec Nos Pos, Ariz. Sunnie is a second-year PhD student in the Rhetoric and Writing program. She received her B.A. in Print Journalism from UNM ('08) and her M.A. in Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Media Studies from Northern Arizona University ('18). She was named Outstanding Core Writing Instructor by UNM's Department of English Language and Literature for 2019-2020. 

Sunnie is also a multi-award winning journalist. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone magazine, The Guardian, the Navajo Times, SearchlightNM, and others. She was the sports writer for the Navajo Times for a decade before starting her doctoral journey at UNM. She has also worked for the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Salt Lake Tribune, Sports Illustrated magazine, the Osage News, and the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times.

Sunnie is a proud fifth generation Navajo rug weaver and continues to work as a freelance journalist.

Department of English Language and Literature
Humanities Building, Second Floor
MSC03 2170
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: (505) 277-6347
Fax: (505) 277-0021