My primary field of study is Native American and Indigenous Studies across temporal and spatial planes. Within this field, my interests lie in oral, textual and material cultures and their relationship to what is referred to as “history of the book” and print cultures; indigenous languages – speaking, conversing, and writing, in digital forms, in literary forms, in film, in song, and in aesthetic expression; food sovereignty and environmental studies, including Indigenous concepts and expressions of health and well-being; Indigenous traditional and customary systems of law and the relationship/conflict with colonial systems of law; Indigenous performance and praxis; Indigenous technological practices. My current book project brings many of these interests together in a study of technological innovation and Native American and Indigenous textual, material, and aesthetic practices since 1968.
Areas of Research
Native American and Indigenous Studies; Native American and Indigenous Literary Studies; US Ethnic Literatures; American Literature; Environmental Humanities; Digital Humanities; Native American and Indigenous Drama and Theater;
Native Women and Land: Narratives of Dispossession and Resurgence. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2015.
Keepers of the Morning Star: An Anthology of Native Women’s Theater. Los Angeles: UCLA American Indian Studies Publications, 2003. (Co-edited with Jaye T. Darby)
Articles and Book Chapters
“Pilgrims in Print: Indigenous Readers Encounter John Bunyan” (with Bryan Kuwadaand Phillip H. Round). Common-place.org <http://commonplace.org/book/pilgrims-in-print-indigenous-readers-encounter-john-bunyan/> (sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society and the University of Connecticut) 15.4 (Summer 2015).
“‘I, Wunnatuckquanum, This Is My Hand’: Native Performance in Massachusett Language Indian Deeds.” In Native Acts: Indian Performance, 1603-1832. Eds. Joshua David Bellin and Laura L. Mielke. University of Nebraska Press, 2012, 145-167.
“Land and Literacy: the Textualities of Native Studies” (with Hilary E. Wyss). American Literary History 22.2 (2010): 271-279. Appeared simultaneously in Early American Literature 45.2 (2010): 241-250.
“The Cultural Work of a Mohegan Painted Basket.” Early Native Literacies in New England: A Documentary and Critical Anthology. Eds. Kristina Bross and Hilary E. Wyss. Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2008: 51-56.
Digital Native and Indigenous Studies, Yale University (NEH), 2016
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2014-2015
John Topham and Susan Redd Butler Research Award, Charles Redd Center, Brigham Young University, 2014
American Antiquarian Society Isaiah Thomas Fellowship, Summer Seminar, The History of the Book in America, 2013
Susan Kelly Power and Helen Hornbeck Tanner Fellowship, Newberry Library, 2009-2010
Association of American University Women American Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008-2009
Mellon Fellow, Future of Minority Studies Project, Cornell University, 2006
Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2000-2003
University of Kansas
Hall Center NEH Incentive Grant, 2016
University of Kansas General Research Fund Grant, 2014-2015
Friends of the Hall Center Publication Grant, University of Kansas, 2014
University of Kansas General Research Fund Grant, 2013-2014
University of Kansas Sustainability Grant, 2013
University of Kansas Digital Humanities Course Development Grant, 2013
University of Kansas Haines Faculty Research Fellowship in English, 2012
University of Kansas Internationalizing the Curriculum Grant, 2010
Center for Teaching Excellence, Faculty Seminar, 2009
University of Kansas General Research Fund Grant, 2009-2010
Center for Teaching Excellence, Best Practices Institute, 2007
University of Kansas New Faculty General Research Fund Grant, 2007