A sociology professor at the University of California, Berkeley, went the route of Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), claiming native heritage her "whole life." Like Warren, Elizabeth Hoover has had to confront the fact that she is white and may have exploited her false identity for personal gain.
Hoover — whose research focuses on Native American environmental health and "food sovereignty movements" — is an associate professor at the university's department of environmental science, policy, and management. Campus media reportedly touted Hoover as one of a growing number of Native American scholars at Berkeley when she joined the staff in 2020.